Nicholas Foretek

Ph.D. Student

Committee Members:

Roger Chartier, Alex Chase-Levenson, Marc Flandreau, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, Sophia Rosenfeld


Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow, Arabic (2019-2020)

Haldane Research Grant (2019)

O. Odlozilik Fellow (2018-2019)

Georgian Papers Programme Fellow at Royal Archives, Windsor Castle (2018)

Annenberg History Fellow (2017-2018)


B.A., English (with honors), University of Chicago (2011)

MSc., Political Theory (with distinction), London School of Economics (2016)

Research Interests

Middle East, British Empire, French Empire, 19th-Century Global Finance, Egypt, Sovereign Debt, Information Technologies, Intelligence Gathering

Courses Taught

HIST 081: The History of the Middle East Since 1800 (Fall 2018)
HIST 001: The Making of the Modern World (Spring 2019)

Selected Publications

Nick Foretek, "A Royal Purchase: The First Jane Austen Novel Sold," Notes and Queries (forthcoming June 2019)


Discovered earliest known purchase record of a Jane Austen novel while researching in Windsor Castle archives.  Story covered in New York Times, Guardian, Smithsonian.