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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry


The Countess of St Andrews is Patron of ACT, the Addenbrooke’s NHS Hospital Fund. Her other charitable activities in Cambridge, include being Patron of the Sick Children’s Trust at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Co-Patron with her husband, of the Cambridge Folk Museum, while outside Cambridge, they have included the Depaul Trust for homeless young people, and the Children’s Trust, Tadworth. She is a member of the Council of CUCA (Cambridge University Catholic Association) and was a member of OCCEB (Oxford Cambridge Catholic Educational Board) for many years.

As Sylvana Tomaselli, she is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of History, as well as the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John's College. Her research interests cover such topics as punishment, inequality, love and respect.  She has written on a variety of topics, including the conjectural history of woman, the character of nations, toleration, and issues within and around feminism, and on a number of authors, including John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Abbé Raynal, David Hume, Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, Tocqueville and John Stuart Mill.

Countess of St Andrews
Sir Harry Hinsley Lecturer in History and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge
 Sylvana  Tomaselli



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