Ari Hallgrímur Finnsson

Visiting Scholar

Ari Hallgrímur Finnsson (he/him) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. He completed his MA in Social and Political Thought at York University in 2020. His research interests are in global and imperial intellectual history, including liberal political philosophy, law, biopolitics, political economy, and social and historical theory. His dissertation project focusses on the history of property-owning democracy and the larger historical entanglements between property, democracy, colonialism, and law in the French and British empires from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. His previous work has also examined the intersections of popular sovereignty, citizenship, memory politics, and crisis in historical and contemporary contexts.


  • Finnsson, Ari Hallgrimur. ““Louis must die, because the nation must live:” Blood, National Regeneration, and the Execution of Louis XVI.” The Canadian Journal of History 57, no. 1 (April, 2022): 1-21.



  • Hallgrimsdottir, Helga, Ari Finnsson, and Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly. “Austerity Talk and Crisis Narratives: New Memory Politics and Xenophobia in the European Union.” Frontiers in Sociology, vol. 5 (March, 2020): 1-14. DOI: 10.3389/fsoc.2020.00014.