I’ve been operating outside established academic institutions for some years now, but it is only very recently that I’ve begun to see how vast are the horizons that open up when one is truly an independent scholar.

Credits: Al Clark and Lise WalThe vast majority of my publications so far constitute traditional academic essays of one sort or another. I will continue to produce such writings and certainly see value in the conventional academic forms.

Nevertheless, I’m also aware that such conventions foster barriers and, all too readily, allow jargon and formulas to substitute for actual thought.

Recently, I’ve become excited with the possibilities of accessible digital publishing – where accessible means not only (potentially) free to purchase but also free from the usual disciplinary jargon and half-baked postmodernist cliches.

This page provide links to a representative sample of my conventional academic publications, and also to a few more popular online essays. A comprehensive set of links to my past scholarly work can be found on my page.


Scholarly Books



The Intellectual Foundations of Alfred Marshall’s Economic Science, Cambridge University Press, 2009. (Won the best monograph award of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought.)



Artist: Puck


J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lost English Mythology, Rounded Globe, 2014. Go here for a detailed overview of the contents and arguments of this short ebook.




Scholarly Articles



‘The Making of the English: English History, British Identity & Aryan Villages, 1870-1914’, Journal of the History of Ideas, Volume 75, No. 4, pp. 629-649.





‘The Peace of Frodo: on the origin of an English Mythology’, Tolkien Studies, volume 12, 2015.






‘Society & Culture in the History of British Political Economy: Adam Smith & Alfred Marshall’, Tabur, 2012.





‘From Ancients & Moderns to Geography & Anthropology:  the Meaning of History in the Thought of Adam Smith, Karl Marx & Alfred Marshall, History of Political Economy, 2013.





‘Race & Nation in Marshall’s Histories’, European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2013.





‘Between Book & Cinema: Late Victorian New Media’, Visual Studies, 2004.






‘”Our Eyes Spinning Like Propellors”: Wheel of Life, Curve of Velocities & Dziga Vertov’s “Theory of the Interval”‘, October, 2007.



Online Tolkien Essays

Transit Artist: Puck


‘Concerning Hobbits: Welsh Fairies in Oxford’, Tolkien Library, published online August 2013.*



Transit Artist: Puck

‘Frodo Lives’ (final installment of my ‘Tauriel trilogy), Tolkien Library website, published online May 2014.*



*Images by kind permission of transit artist Puck

Emil Doepler, 'Nerthus', 1905


‘Tolkien’s English Mythology’, The History Vault, published online Nov. 15, 2014





‘On the shores of the shoreless sea’,  Tolkien Library, published online May 3, 2015