Cynthia Charlton

PhD Student, Georgetown University
Adam Smith Fellow

Cynthia Charlton is a PhD student in government at Georgetown University. Her research interests include the seventeenth and eighteenth century French and Scottish enlightenment, the history of economic and political thought, and political economy. Her work examines the transformative role that commerce plays in constitutional design and founding in the thought of Montesquieu, Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, Benjamin Constant, and Bernard Mandeville. Cynthia earned an MA in political science from McGill University and a BA in political science and philosophy from Carleton University. She was a Mercatus Center Adam Smith Fellow during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years.