early America; early modern Europe; classical reception; history of the liberal arts; intellectual history; history of education; history of the book
Theodore (Teddy) R. Delwiche is a PhD candidate in history whose research interests lie at the intersection of early modern European intellectual history, colonial America, and classical reception studies. He is particularly interested in the historical practices and purposes of classical education, the history of the book, history of the humanities, and the history of knowledge more broadly.
For the coming (2023-2024) academic year, Teddy is finishing and defending his dissertation, “The Contested Classics: Education in Early North America, 1630-1830.” In 2023, he will be a visiting fellow at the University of Amsterdam’s Vossius Center for the History of the Humanities and Sciences. And in spring 2024, he will begin as a three-year postdoc at the Center for American Studies at the University of Heidelberg.
Peer-reviewed publications of his have appeared in The New England Quarterly, History of Universities, Lias: The Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources, Ambix: The Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry , Modern Intellectual History, Humanistica Lovaniensia: Journal of Neo-Latin Studies, Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Erudition & The Republic of Letters, and The Huntington Library Quarterly.
He has also written reviews for The Classical Outlook, Paedagogica Historica, History of Universities, and the Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
Forthcoming publications include an original critical edition and translation (c. 75 pages) of a colonial American student’s Latin declamations for The Harvard Library Bulletin, an article on congressional stenographers in the early American Republic for a special volume of Studies in Manuscript Culture, and another article on extracurricular student groups in early America for the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. For copies of his work, along with an updated version of his cv, see here.
Teddy received his research master’s degree (English equivalent: MPhil) in early modern history at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in 2020 and his bachelor’s degree in classics at Harvard College in 2018. He also completed summer coursework, and the year-long fellowship program at the Accademia Vivarium Novum in Frascati, Italy (2017). His research to date has been generously supported by over 25 different grants, fellowships, and awards, including the Jan Brouwer Thesis Prize from the Royal Dutch Society of Sciences for the best history masters thesis written in the Netherlands in 2020.