Dr David Mence
Honorary Associate, School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne
David Mence is passionate about the political thought of the Enlightenment. He has a particular interest in social contract theory (as variously formulated by Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau) and notions of Atlantic Republicanism. He is currently working on a book for Oxford University Press on the Federalist politics of Herman Melville (Enlightenment at Sea: Melville’s Maritime Politics). He completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Professor Peter Otto.