Skip Content

Professor Ian Maclean FBA

Ian Maclean profile picture

About this Fellow

Ian Maclean is Emeritus Professor of Renaissance studies at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College. He graduated in Modern Languages from Oxford, where he also took his doctorate, and taught at the University of Leeds and the Queen's College, Oxford before becoming a Senior Research Fellow in History at All Souls College in 1996; he was Fellow Librarian from 1998 to 2015. He has held visiting positions in America, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and France.



Current post

  • Titular Professor of Renaissance Studies Emeritus, University of Oxford; Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer in French, University of Leeds, 1969 - 1972
  • Fellow and Praelector in French, Queen's College University of Oxford, 1972 - 1996
  • Senior Research Fellow in History, All Souls College University of Oxford, 1996 - 2012
  • Professor of Renaissance Studies, University of Oxford, 1996 - 2012
  • Titular Professor of Renaissance Studies Emeritus, University of Oxford; Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, All Souls College, Oxford, 2016


The Renaissance notion of woman 1980

Meaning and interpretation in the Renaissance: the case of law 1992

Montaigne philosophe, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France 1996

Logic, signs and nature in the Renaissance: the case of learned medicine 2001

Le monde et les hommes selon les m├ędecins de la Renaissance, Paris 2006

Scholarship, Commerce, Religion: the learned book in the age of Confessions, 1560-1630 2012

Other Early Modern History to 1850 Fellows

Professor Jane Humphries

Eighteenth & nineteenth century economic history: industrialization; wellbeing; labour markets; women's work and family lives; child labour; anthropometrics

Professor Simon Schaffer

Social & intellectual history of experimental philosophy & exact sciences between the seventeenth & nineteenth centuries; historiography & sociology of scientific knowledge; the sciences & European imperialism

Professor Gerald Toomer

The Republic of Letters in Europe in the 17th century, with especial reference to the history of scholarship

Professor Ronald Hutton

British history between 1500 and 1700; the history of paganism, shamanism, magic and witchcraft, and of attitudes to those phenomena