Professor Jenny Mander


Fellow (A), College Lecturer, Director of Studies, Assistant Tutor, Postgraduate Mentor

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College Roles

  • Fellow (A)
  • College Lecturer in French
  • Director of Studies in History & Modern Languages
  • Director of Studies in Modern & Medieval Languages
  • Assistant Tutor (Postgraduates)
  • Postgraduate Mentor
  • President of the SCR

University Roles

  • Professor of French Intellectual History and Intercultural Dialogue
  • Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement


Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 335807


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Dr Jenny Mander is a specialist in the cultural history of the eighteenth century, focusing on the movement of people and ideas.

Dr Jenny Mander is Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement, and Fellow and Director of Studies at Newnham College.

She read French and German as an undergraduate at Newnham, and studied in Paris at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, before returning as a postgraduate to Newnham.

Her PhD focused on the history of reading and the theory of narrative with reference to autobiographical fiction of the French eighteenth century. She has since continued to publish on the history of the ‘rise’ of the modern novel. She now works increasingly on early globalisation and intercultural relations in the age of Enlightenment.

Her Newnham room is adorned with a combination of engravings from the Encyclopédie of Diderot and d’Alembert and with the more contemporary art of her four children.

Research Interests

Dr Jenny Mander’s research focuses on the connections between the movement of peoples and the traffic in books across Europe and between Europe and the Colonial World (Americas in particular).

Of particular interest is the role played by migrants and their descendants in modern language education (either as tutors and/or as authors of language teaching publications) and in the book trade, with particular focus on French Huguenot émigrés, émigrés during the Revolutionary wars and labour migrants, especially from France and Germany. Equally of interest in this context are the multilingual migrants to the West Indies/Americas during the seventeenth/eighteenth centuries.

Recent publications include Remapping the Rise of the European Novel (SVEC 2007: 10); (with Cecil Courtney) Raynal’s Histoire des deux Indes: colonialism, networks and global exchange (Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, October 2015); ‘Eighteenth-century Foreign Imports’ in The Oxford History of the Novel, vol. 2, ed. Karen O’Brien and Peter Garside (OUP, 2015); ‘Castles for Sale? Picaresque itineraries and the eighteenth-century French novel’ in The Picaresque novel in Western Literature (CUP, 2015); ‘Turkish Delight? The Confecting of Turkish Theatrical Entertainment for Ottoman guests in France’, Esprit Créateur (2013).

She recently completed a critical edition of Book X of Raynal’s eighteenth-century Histoire philosophique et politique des deux Indes – arguably the first major example of a world history, probing the social, economic and political consequences of European colonialism.