Emily Nacol

Emily Nacol

Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Academic

Emily Nacol is a political theorist whose research interests lie primarily in early modern political thought and in political economy. She works especially on problems of risk and uncertainty in early modernity. Emily's first book, An Age of Risk: Politics and Economy in Early Modern Britain, was published in 2016, and now she is working on a new project on politics, labor, and risk in eighteenth-century Britain. She has held research fellowships at Brown University's Political Theory Project and the Cornell University Society for the Humanities, and at Toronto she looks forward to teaching a range of courses in the history of political thought as well as thematic courses on capitalism, commerce, and risk.

Ph.D. and M.A. University of Chicago
M.Phil Cambridge University
B.A. Wellesley College


Early modern political thought; history of political economy; risk and politics