Nicholas Popper received his PhD from Princeton University in 2007 and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology in 2008-9. He specializes in early modern British history with a particular focus on intersections between intellectual and political culture and on the transmission of scholarly practices from continental Europe to Britain. His research interests also extend to early modern history of science, history of the book, and travel and geographical learning.
He is currently converting his dissertation into a book, tentatively entitled "Walter Ralegh's History of the World and the Historical Culture of the Late Renaissance"; working with Anthony Grafton, Lisa Jardine, William Sherman, and Arnoud Visser to complete a collection of essays about the Elizabethan scholar Gabriel Harvey; and beginning a project on the formation of political archives in early modern England.
His publications include "‘Abraham, Planter of Mathematics': Histories of Mathematics and Astrology in Early Modern Europe," Journal of the History of Ideas 67.1 (2006): 87-106; and "The English Polydaedali: How Gabriel Harvey Read Late Tudor London," Journal of the History of Ideas 66.3 (2005): 351-381.