Dr. Sophia Mösch

Research Associate


since 2021
University of Münster
Research Associate at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Legal Unity & Pluralism”
2020 – 2021
University of Padua
Visiting Researcher Talent@UniPD Initiative
University of Oxford
Teaching Fellow in Latin
2014 – 2020
King’s College London
MA & Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice in Higher Education
2018 – 2019
University of Oxford
SNF Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellow
2015 – 2018
The London School of Economics
Guest Teacher in International History
2015 – 2017
King’s College London
Postdoctoral Teaching Assistant in Medieval History, History of International Relations and Memory Studies
King’s College London
SNF Doc.Mobility Fellowship and PhD in History
University of Basel
Lic. phil. in History, German Linguistics and Medieval Literature, Modern English Literature
(study abroad at the University of Cape Town and Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)

Research Project

Developing Principles of Good Governance: Political Advice during the Carolingian, Macedonian and Seljuk Reforms

Alcuin of York’s and Nizam al-Mulk’s engagement with contrasts between opposing states of social order that call for opposing sovereign virtues suggests that there are links between Western and Eastern political advice texts both at the level of content and language. My project Developing Principles of Good Governance: Political Advice during the Carolingian, Macedonian and Seljuk Reforms reaches beyond disciplinary research traditions, traditional periodisation and distinctions between East and West. It explores political advice and mirrors for princes as interdisciplinary analytical frameworks and culturally reflective tools in the transmission of texts and ideas. On the one hand, the comparison reveals continuities and discontinuities in the principles of governance proposed to the Carolingian, Macedonian and Seljuk rulers by their political advisers. On the other hand, it juxtaposes Macedonian and Carolingian notions of spiritual and institutional justice with the circle of justice.

Main Areas of Research


Transmission of Texts and Ideas

Social History

Political thought and ethics in the Abrahamic traditions of the Middle Ages



Moesch, Sophia, Augustine and the Art of Ruling in the Carolingian Imperial Period. Political Discourse in Alcuin of York and Hincmar of Rheims, Abingdon/New York 2019 (Open Access).

Moesch, Sophia, Augustinian Thought in Alcuin’s Writing. A Philological-Historical Approach, in: History of Political Thought (HPT) 39.1 (2018), 33-53.

Moesch, Sophia, Les Annales Mettenses Priores et Alcuin d’York. Le discours politique sur l’accession de Charlemagne au pouvoir, in: Presses universitaires de Nancy – Editions Universitaires de Lorraine (Hg.), Charlemagne, les Carolingiens et Metz. Représentation, recomposition et instrumentalisation du passé du Moyen Âge au XXe s., Nancy 2018, 65-81.

Moesch, Sophia, What NANSO Posters from Cape Town Reveal, in: Miescher, Giorgio/Rizzo, Lorena/Silvester, Jeremy (Hg.), Posters in Action. Visuality in the Making of an African Nation, Basel 2009, 75-86.

Moesch, Sophia/Verein Frauen-Stadtrundgang Basel/Zentrum für Afrikastudien Basel, Stadtsafari Afrika in Basel = Africa in Basel – an Urban Safari, Basel 2008.

Moesch, Sophia/Basler Afrika Bibliographien, „Plakate im Kampf“. Bilder und Öffentlichkeit der Befreiungsgeschichte Namibias = “Posters in the Struggle”. Images and Audiences in the History of Namibia’s Liberation, Basel 2006.