Academic Staff available for graduate supervision


Dr Martin Allen

Martin AllenMartin Allen is a Senior Assistant Keeper in the Department of Coins and Medals at the Fitzwilliam Museum and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of History. His principal research interest is medieval English monetary history from the tenth century onwards, with publications on money supply, ecclesiastical mints and many other aspects of the subject, including Mints and Money in Medieval England (CUP, 2012). The use of coin finds and hoards as historical evidence is a particular interest, and he administers the Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds, which has become an important research resource for early medieval history since its foundation in 1997. He is a convenor of the Historical Tripos Part I Themes and Sources option on Money and Society.


Professor Gareth Austin

Martin AllenProfessor of Economic History and (from October 2016) Fellow of King’s College. He researches and teaches African, comparative and global economic history, especially in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His work as a whole combines quantitative and qualitative approaches. Much of his primary research has focussed on Ghana and other parts of West Africa, e.g. Labour, Land and Capital in Ghana: From Slavery to Free Labour in Asante, 1807-1956 (Rochester, 2005). He has published on agriculture, services and manufacturing; the social organisation of labour, land and capital; political economy, capitalism, institutions, labour, business, and economic thought. His current projects include a forthcoming edited volume, Economic History and Environmental History in the Anthropocene: Perspectives on Asia and Africa (Bloomsbury, 2017). He is happy to consider requests to supervise dissertations in almost all aspects of the economic history of Sub-Saharan Africa, and has also co-supervised PhD dissertations on various aspects of Asian economic history.


Dr Victoria Bateman

Victoria BatemanFellow, Director of Studies in IIB Economics and College Lecturer in Economics at Gonville and Caius College, where she teaches undergraduate Economics and Economic History. Her research interests are in long-run economic growth from ancient times to the present day and is guided by the question of why some countries are rich whilst others are poor. She has recently published a book titled 'Markets and Growth in Early Modern Europe' (Pickering and Chatto, 2012) which tests the extent to which the development of markets contributed to the economic growth that brought us to where we are today; the conclusions, perhaps controversially, suggest that markets are far from enough to explain economic success and the rise of the West.


Chris Briggs

Chris Briggs is university Lecturer in Medieval British Social and Economic History, and a Fellow of Selwyn College. He is a specialist in the rural history of England between c.1200 and c.1500, and works on topics such as peasant credit and debt, the land market, consumption and living standards, and the relationship between legal and economic change. His research is orientated towards making comparisons between medieval England and other geographical regions and historical periods. His publications include Credit and Village Society in Fourteenth Century England (2009). He is interested in supervising MPhil and PhD students working on topics in medieval economic and social history.


Dr Alexandre Campsie

Alexandre is Temporary University Lecturer in Twentieth-Century British History. He is a cultural, political and intellectual historian of modern Britain. He finished his PhD on the New Left in Britain in October 2016; since then Alexandre has been working on a monograph based on this, whilst also working on a new project on the idea of the 'metropolitan elite' in late-twentieth-century Britain.  Alexandre is currently a bye-fellow at Emmanuel College and Part II director of studies at St Catharine's College.


Dr David Chambers

David ChambersUniversity Lecturer in Finance and Deputy Director of the Masters of Finance programme, Judge Business School. His research interests cover quantitative financial history, in particular, capital market development and the evolution of asset management. He has supervised MPhil students with an interest in financial history in the last two years.


Dr Ha-Joon Chang

Ha Joon ChangHa-Joon Chang is Reader in the Political Economy of Development at the Faculty of Economics. Believing that the study of economic history of today's rich countries enables us to draw useful policy lessons for developing countries without having to do 'live experiments', he has reviewed a wide range of policy issues in historical perspective, including trade, foreign investment, state-owned enterprises, intellectual property rights, financial regulation, labour regulation, social policy, agricultural policy, and political institutions, in books like Kicking Away the Ladder and Bad Samaritans. He is the winner of the 2003 Gunnar Myrdal Prize and the 2005 Wassily Leontief Prize.


Dr Amy Louise Erickson

Amy EricksonLecturer in Early Modern British History, Fellow of Robinson College, and member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, working on the Occupational structure of Britain c.1379- 1911 project. Publications include Women and Property in Early Modern England (1993) and The Marital Economy in Scandinavia and Britain 1500-1900 (2005), and other work on early modern economic and legal history, notably property transactions of inheritance and marriage. Current area of research is gendered concepts of work, women's occupations and occupational identity in the period 1600-1850, and the implications for the occupational structure of the English labour market.


Elizabeth Foyster

Elizabeth FoysterElizabeth Foyster is a Senior College Lecturer and Fellow of Clare College. She is a social historian of Britain between the seventeenth and mid-nineteenth centuries. Her main interests are in family and gender history, and she has published widely in these areas. Her most recent publications are Marital Violence: An English Family History 1660-1857 (Cambridge, 2005), and with Helen Berry as an editor of The Family in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2007). She has some experience working with Scottish sources as she is joint editor of the four volume series, A History of Everyday Life in Scotland (Edinburgh, 2010-2011), and she is also joint series editor of the six volume series for Berg 'A Cultural History of Childhood and Family' (2010). She will be on research leave, funded by the Leverhulme Trust until April 2014, working on a project entitled, 'Managing mental illness and disability in the English family 1660-1800'.


Dr Tim Harper

Martin AllenReader in Southeast Asian and Imperial History and Fellow of Magdalene College. Associate Director of the Centre for History and Economics where he co-convenes, with Sunil Amrith, research projects on 'Sites of Asian Interactions: Networks, Ideas, Archives' and 'The Transnational History of Health in Southeast Asia, 1914-2014'.


Dr Sebastian Keibek

Sebastian is Research Fellow in Economic History (Queens' College) workign on the Occupational Structure of Britain project, which sheds new light on the Industrial Revolution and on the economic developments in early modern Britain that preceded it.


Dr Mary Laven

Mary LavenSenior Lecturer in Early Modern European History. Her research has focused on the social history of Italy with particular interests in gender, sociability and religion. She has supervised graduate students working on Venice, Genoa and southern Italy, as well as on Malta and the history of global Catholicism.


Dr Rachel Leow

Martin AllenLecturer in East Asian History and fellow of Murray Edwards College and the Centre for History and Economics. At the Centre, she participates in the Transnational History of Health in Southeast Asia project and will take a leading role in a new Digital Humanities project at the Joint Centre.


Prof Peter Mandler

Peter MandlerProfessor of Modern Cultural History and Bailey College Lecturer in History at Gonville and Caius College. His current research focuses on the history of the social sciences in the 20th century in Britain and America, and in particular the impact on the social sciences of the idea of 'cultural relativism', and the effects of the popularization of social science on public understandings of self, class, nation and international relations. He is also working on the democratization of education in Britain since 1945. His book on Margaret Mead and the application of social science to international relations was published by Yale University Press in spring 2013 under the title, Return from the Natives: How Margaret Mead Won the Second World War and Lost the Cold War. Other interests include the histories of philanthropy, social mobility, tourism, collecting, museums, and modernization in towns, principally in modern Britain.


Dr Natalia Mora-Sitja

University lecturer in modern European economic history. Her research has mainly focused on Spanish industrialisation since the eighteenth century, and more recently on gender and growth in historical perspective. Areas of research supervision may include Spanish economic and social history; European industrialisation; and topics on labour markets, inequality, migrations, or gender.


Dr Renaud Morieux

Martin AllenLecturer in British History and a Fellow of Jesus College and the Centre for History and Economics. Renaud's research interests centre on the history of Anglo-French relations in the long eighteenth century. At the Centre, Renaud coordinates, with Emma Rothschild, Pierre Singaravélou and David Todd, the research project Cordial Exchanges: Britain and France in the World since 1700. He co-convenes the Eighteenth Century Seminar and the Modern British History Seminar at the Faculty of History.


Dr Craig Muldrew

Craig MuldrewCraig Muldrew is a Senior University Lecturer in the Faculty of History and a fellow of Queens' College. His area of specialisation is the social and economic history of Early modern England. He has worked on the role of trust and credit in the development of the early modern economy, focusing on how markets affected social relations. He has also written on the social role of cash in the economy, the role of cash in wage payments, wealth and social identity, and the importance of spinning in the early modern English economy. He has completed a manuscript on the work and consumption of labourers in early modern England. He has supervised students on a number of early modern topics including consumption, finance, and the moral economy in relation to poverty.


Dr Duncan Needham

Duncan NeedhamDuncan Needham is a Lecturer, a Fellow of Darwin College, and Director of the Centre for Financial History where he works on contemporary UK economic history. Before returning to academia, he worked as a credit trader at JP Morgan and then as a structured credit portfolio manager at Cairn Capital. Dr Needham lectures in Economic History and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in history, economics and politics.


Dr William O'Reilly

Martin AllenAssociate Director of the Centre for History and Economics, Lecturer in Early Modern History and Fellow and Tutor, Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He is currently Director of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of History (2011-13). Dr. O'Reilly is also a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for Financial History, Cambridge, and a Research Partner of the Asia and Europe in a Global Context project at the University of Heidelberg.


Dr. Pedro Ramos Pinto

Martin AllenLecturer in International Economic History and Fellow of Trinity Hall. His current research explores the authoritarian origins of welfare systems in Southern Europe and Latin America, and he convenes a network of historians and social scientists concerned with inequality in historical perspective. His previous work has explored the interaction between the Portuguese Dictatorship and its citizens to explain the emergence of social movements of the urban poor during the Carnation Revolution (1974-1976), and is the subject of a recent book: Lisbon Rising: Urban Social Movements in the Portuguese Revolution, 1974-1975 (2013).


Dr Alice Reid

Alice Reid is a lecturer in human geography in the Department of Geography, where she is a member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. She is also a fellow of Churchill College where she is Director of Studies in Geography. She is a historical demographer, working on the spatial and social influences on health, mortality and fertility in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. More information about recent and on-going research projects can be found at the following locations:
Determining the Demography of Victorian Scotland through Record Linkage
Doctors, deaths, diagnoses and data: a comparative study of the medical certification of cause of death in nineteenth century Scotland
Housing, mobility and the measurement of child health from the 1911 Irish census
Birth attendants and birth outcomes in the Victorian and Edwardian eras


Dr Cristiano A. Ristuccia

Cristiano A. RistucciaCristiano A. Ristuccia is Director of Studies in Economics at Trinity Hall. He works on production technology and economic growth during the 20th century with particular reference to the inter-war period and the Second World War. His focus is comparative and covers industrial development in the US, Japan, UK, Germany, France and Italy. He collaborates with Adam Tooze (Yale) on a research project intended to quantify the global diffusion of key production technologies, and with Solomos Solomou (Economics) on the long-term macroeconomic effects of electricity diffusion. He is writing a book on the economic and industrial policies of Italian fascism which centres on the interrelation between ideology and economic policy-making. He is also interested in the issue of the financial credibility of dictatorships in the era of mass-politics. His teaching focuses on Germany and on international financial instability in the interwar period, and on the economics of dictatorships. He convenes with Leigh Shaw-Taylor and Richard Smith the Seminar in Quantitative History.


Prof Emma Rothschild

Emma RothschildEmma Rothschild is a Fellow of Magdalene College and Director of the Joint Centre for History and Economics at Cambridge and Harvard. She specialises in the history of economic thought and economic history, particularly in the eighteenth century. She is author of Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet and the Enlightenment (2001). In 2011-2012 she will be at Harvard University, where she is Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History.


Dr Leigh Shaw-Taylor

University senior lecturer in eighteenth and nineteenth century British economic and social history and director of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. His research interests are in long-run social and economic developments in England between the mid sixteenth and late nineteenth centuries with a particular focus on the development of agrarian capitalism and the Industrial Revolution.  He is director of an ongoing program of research: The occupational structure of Britain c.1379-1911.


Dr Solomos Solomou

Solomos SolomouReader in Economics and Economic History, Faculty of Economics. My research interests are in the following areas: Start-Stop Economic Growth in the 19th and 20th Centuries; long economic cycles; business cycles; the impact of trade policy during 1870-1914; interwar trade policy; exchange rate regimes and economic performance; weather and sectoral economic fluctuations; global weather shocks and economic effects.


Dr Simon Szreter

Simon SzreterSimon Szreter is Professor of History and Public Policy, co-founder of the History and Policy network and Managing Editor of the Policy Papers published at He teaches modern British economic and social history since 1700 and the comparative history of population, development and environment in Britain, Africa, India and China since 1750. His main fields of research and graduate supervision are the history of fertility, reproduction, gender and sexuality; history of mortality and public health; comparative history of identity registration. He is interested in the relationship between history, development and contemporary public policy.'His latest book publications are Sex Before the Sexual Reovlution. Intimate Life in England 1918-1963 (2010 with Kate Fisher) and several co-edited volumes: History, Historians and Development Policy. A Necessary Dialogue (2011); The Big Society Debate (2012); and Registration and Recognition. Documenting the Person in World History (2012). He is currently a co-PI on the Wellcome Generation to Reproduction Strategic Award to Cambridge University 2009-14, researching aspects of the history of venereal disease.


Dr Paul Warde  

Samantha WilliamsPaul Warde is Lecturer in Environmental History in the Faculty of History. He works on the environmental, economic and social history of early modern and modern Europe, with interests lying in particular in the history of energy use and its relationship with social, economic and political development, and environmental change. He has worked extensively on peasant societies in early modern Europe, and their use and exchange of commodities, especially wood, and the effects on management of the land and forests; on the Industrial Revolution and the scale and consequences of shifts from 'traditional' energy carriers to fossil fuels and new renewable forms of energy supply; and on the history of environmental and economic thought, especially key concepts like 'sustainability' and 'environment'.


Dr Samantha Williams  

Samantha WilliamsUniversity Senior Lecturer in Local and Regional History and Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Girton College. She is Course Director of the MSt in History. Her research interests encompass the history of poverty in England in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and welfare provision for unmarried mothers in London.





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