Bradford Bow completed his PhD in Intellectual History at the University of Edinburgh in 2012 and afterwards held postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, the Huntington Library, and Edinburgh University. Dr. Bow’s research interests revolve around the Global Intellectual History of Enlightenment(s) and imperialism during the long eighteenth century (c. 1660-1840).
Ph. D. History, University of Edinburgh
M. A. History, University of Strathclyde
M. A. History, Central Michigan University
B. A. History, Texas A&M University
Courses and Current Research Areas
Global Intellectual History
History of Oceanic Worlds
Anglo-Atlantic World History
History of Britain and its Global Empire
Colonial North American History
History of the Enlightenment
C.B. Bow, Dugald Stewart in the Scottish Enlightenment: An intellectual biography (under review).
C.B. Bow (ed.), Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).
Guest Editor of Special Issue
C.B. Bow, ‘Introduction: Scottish Philosophy in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World’, History of European Ideas, 39:5 (October 2013): 605-612.
C.B. Bow, ‘The “Final Causes” of Scottish Nationalism: Lord Kames on the political economy of enlightened husbandry, 1745-1782’, Historical Research, 91:252 (May 2018): 296-313.
C.B. Bow, ‘Waging War for the Righteous: William Eaton on Enlightenment, Empire, and Coup d’état in the First Barbary War, 1801-1805’, History, 101:348 (December 2016): 692-709.
C.B. Bow, ‘“Jacobins” at Princeton: Student riots, religious revivalism, and the decline of Enlightenment’, Modern Intellectual History, 13:1 (April 2016): 93-122.
C.B. Bow, ‘Moral Education at the End of the Scottish Enlightenment’, Eighteenth-Century Scotland, 29 (Spring 2015): 6-10.
C.B. Bow, ‘Reforming Witherspoon’s Legacy at Princeton: John Witherspoon, Samuel Stanhope Smith and James McCosh on didactic Enlightenment’, History of European Ideas, 39:5 (October 2013): 650-669.
C.B. Bow, ‘The Science of Applied Ethics at Edinburgh University: Dugald Stewart on moral education and the “auxiliary principles of the moral faculty”’, Intellectual History Review, 23:2 (June 2013): 207-224.
C.B. Bow, ‘In Defence of the Scottish Enlightenment: Dugald Stewart’s role in the 1805 John Leslie Affair’, The Scottish Historical Review, 92:1 (April 2013): 123-146.
C.B. Bow, ‘Samuel Stanhope Smith and Common Sense Philosophy at Princeton’, The Journal of Scottish Philosophy, 8:2 (September 2010): 189-209. Featured article of issue
Book Chapters (peer-reviewed)
C.B. Bow, ‘Introduction: Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment’ in C.B. Bow (ed.), Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 1-18.
C.B. Bow, ‘Dugald Stewart and the Legacy of Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment’ in C.B. Bow (ed.), Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 200-220.
C.B. Bow, ‘In Pursuit of “Moral Beauty” and Intellectual Pleasures: Dugald Stewart and Edinburgh’s literary culture, 1772-1810’ in K. Simpson, R. Mclean, and R. Young (eds.), The Scottish Enlightenment and Literary Culture (Bucknell University Press, 2016), 153-170.
C.B. Bow, ‘William Tilghman’ in The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment, edited by Mark Spencer (New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2015).
C.B. Bow, ‘Questioning the Historical and Modern Limits of Adam Ferguson’s “Ethical Integrity”’, online Syndicate symposium (forthcoming in May 2018).
Gordon Graham (ed.), Scottish Philosophy in the Nineteenth & Twentieth Centuries, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015) for Journal of Scottish Philosophy, 14:2 (2016): 224-229.
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, (London: Penguin Random House, 2014) for Asian Review of World Histories, 3:1 (July 2015): 265-267.
Iain McDaniel, Adam Ferguson in the Scottish Enlightenment: The Roman Past and Europe’s Future, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013) for 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, 21 (2014).
Eric Schlereth, An Age of Infidels: The Politics of Religious Controversy in the Early United States, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) for Intellectual History Review, 24:4 (2014): 564-566.
The Imperial Enlightenment in British India, 1784-1820 (book-length manuscript in preparation, 36,000 words completed).
‘Imperial origins of Singaporean liberal education, 1818-1823’ (draft article in preparation).