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Sean Messarra

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I study the intellectual history of early modern Europe and the wider history of European political thought. I am particularly interested in the concept of representation, its uses in political philosophy from classical antiquity to the eighteenth century, as well as its import on broader questions about liberty, the state, sovereignty, and international law. The main avenue through which I explore these issues is the discourse of early modern scholasticism; my work in this area has appeared in the History of European Ideas.

As a Teaching Fellow in the UCLA Cluster Program, I have designed and instructed seminars on theories of political representation from the Roman republic to the Weimar republic, and on cosmopolitanism and laws of hospitality from ancient Greece to the Enlightenment. Besides these theoretical concerns, I am additionally interested in the cultural, intellectual, and political aspects of the early modern Spanish world.

Twitter Account: @SeanMessarra

Field of Study



Intellectual history, history of political thought


"Representation and scholastic political thought," History of European Ideas 46, no. 6 (2020): 737-753.

Grants and Awards


Peter Stacey (chair), Andrea Moudarres, Anthony Pagden, Stefania Tutino 


M.A. History, UCLA, 2018

M.A. Latin American Studies, UCLA, 2015

B.A. History, UCLA, 2013