Sylvana Tomaselli

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Countess of St Andrews
Born Sylvana Palma Tomaselli
(1957-05-28) 28 May 1957 (age 61)
Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Other names
  • Lady St Andrews (formal)
  • Dr. Sylvana Tomaselli (professional)[1]
Alma mater York University
University of British Columbia
University of Cambridge
Children 3

Sylvana Palma Windsor, Countess of St Andrews (née Tomaselli, previously Jones; 28 May 1957) is an academic and the wife of the Earl of St Andrews, elder son and heir of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. A historian at the University of Cambridge, she is usually known professionally as Dr Sylvana Tomaselli.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Tomaselli was born in 28 May 1957 at Placentia, Newfoundland, daughter of Maximilian Karl Tomaselli (formerly of Salzburg) by his wife Josiane née Preschez. She was educated in Canada and England.

Marriages and family[edit]

Lady St Andrews married first, on 25 December 1977 at Vancouver, John Paul Jones, son of Captain Geoffrey Jones of Barbados, but they divorced in 1981 without children. She married second, on 9 January 1988 at Leith in Scotland, George, Earl of St Andrews[3] and they have three children:

Brought up in the Roman Catholic faith, Lady St Andrews' reluctance to renounce her adherence to that denomination no longer precludes her husband's right to ascend the throne. Two of her children, Edward (2003) and Marina (2008), were received into the Catholic Church thereby surrendering their places in the line of succession to the thrones of the Commonwealth realms, although Lord and Lady St Andrews' younger daughter, Amelia, is still in remainder to the British Crown.

Academic career[edit]

Tomaselli, who has received BA (UBC), MA (York, Ontario) and MA (Cantab) degrees, became a Fellow of St John's College Cambridge in 2004. She specialises in French and British political theory in the 18th century, especially the history of womanhood, and has written about John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, Mary Wollstonecraft and John Stuart Mill. She is the translator of Book II of the Seminar of Jacques Lacan, The Ego in Freud's Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis. She teaches the three History of Political Theory Papers and is an affiliated Lecturer of the Faculties of History as well as of Social and Political Sciences.[4]

She is a founding member of the European Centre for the Philosophy of Gender, Siegen, Germany[5] and is currently Director of Studies in History Part I and Social & Political Sciences at St John's College in the University of Cambridge.[6] She also acts as a pastoral tutor for students of Natural Sciences at St John's College.

Tomaselli has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.[7]

Titles and styles[edit]

As the wife of the Earl of St Andrews (who holds the title by courtesy), Sylvana is styled as Countess of St Andrews.

She prefers to be styled professionally as Dr. Sylvana Tomaselli.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "CRASSH Seminar Room, 17 Mill Lane". Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Amelia Windsor: Everything you need to know about the 'most beautiful member of the royal family'". © 2000-2016, HELLO INC. March 5, 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2016. The 58-year-old is a historian at the University of Cambridge and prefers to be styled professionally as Dr. Sylvana Tomaselli. 
  3. ^ "Earl of St Andrews". Debrett's. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Miss Tomaselli | St John's College". Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Europäisches Zentrum für philosophische Geschlechterforschung (EZPG), Siegen - EuroGender". Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Sylvana Tomaselli". The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Archived from the original on 17 October 2010. 
  7. ^ FRHistS List T Archived 8 January 2016 at Wikiwix
Preceded by
Countess of Ulster
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Succeeded by
Lady Davina Lewis