Dr Nicholas Cole is a Senior Research Fellow in History at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. He studies the political thought of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. His particular interests are the influence of classical political thought on America's first politicians, and the search for a new 'science of politics' in post-Independence America. He is the director of the Quill Project at Pembroke College, which develops a platform for the study of negotiated texts that emphasizes the recreation, as closely as possible, of the original context within which decisions were made. The platform models formal negotiations, and is applicable to a wide variety of processes, including legislative and quasi-Parliamentary processes. Quill provides a variety of innovative tools for readers and editors, as well as links to material hosted on other platforms. The flagship work currently hosted by the project is a presentation of the records of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 that wrote the Constitution of the United States. Dr Cole read Ancient & Modern History at University College, where he also completed his M.Phil in Greek and Roman History and his D.Phil.