Dr Paul E. Kerry is a supernumerary research and teaching fellow and co-convened the RAI’s research seminar on constitutional thought and history. He now co-convenes the Oxford History Faculty’s research seminar in historiography at Christ Church, participates in the Voltaire Foundation’s Enlightenment Workshop, and is co-organising a conference on ‘Past and Present: Narratives of Progress and Decline in Nineteenth-Century Britain’.
He researches the transatlantic transmission of ideas in the 18th and 19th centuries and co-organised a conference on ‘Receptions of German Religious Thought in Nineteenth-Century America’ sponsored by the Oxford Faculty of Theology and Religion’s Centre for Theology and Modern European Thought in association with the RAI. He is co-editing two volumes, Religion in the Age of Enlightenment and Thomas Carlyle and the Idea of Influence.
He has also cooperated with the Oxford Law Faculty’s Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government on topics relating to international freedom of religion or belief and ethics in public service, and is currently researching Amendment I to the United States Constitution in relation to the philosophical presuppositions of its European antecedents.
He is the honorary secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict and is a visiting fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics. He facilitates the advancement of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 and the aims of the UK Government’s Prevention of Sexual Violence Initiative, including the implementation of the House of Lords Select Committee Report on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
Dr Kerry has held visiting fellowships at Princeton, Cambridge, Edinburgh, and is an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University; he took his doctorate from the University of Oxford and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.