Graduate students



Simon Abernethy

Simon is a PHD student supervised by Dr Jon Lawrence. He has previously worked on workmen's trains and their impact on the social structure of Greater London between 1860 and 1914. Currently he is working on the New Survey of London Life and Labour conducted by the LSE between 1929 and 1931. He enjoys baking.



Aditya Balasubramanian

Aditya Balasubramanian graduated from Harvard University in May 2013 with an A.B. in History and a secondary field in Economics. He is currently working towards an MPhil in Economic and Social History. Aditya's research is on market liberalism in India between 1943 and 1970 and he is supervised by Dr. David Washbrook.



John Barry

John is a PhD student in the History Faculty supervised by Prof. Martin Daunton and Dr. Jon Lawrence. He is working on British housing policy from the 1950s to the 1970s, with particular reference to 'overspill'- the planned movement of people and industry from congested cities to market towns.



Stuart Barton

Stuart is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of History writing on the economic history of Zambia, more specifically the government's relationship with foreign financial capital after independence in 1964. His research hopes to uncover a causal mechanism between institutional degradation and economic failure by analysing the effects of investor reactions to policy signals. Stuart is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and affiliated to the Centre for Financial History and the Centre for African studies. His research is supervised by Dr Alastair Fraser and Prof Megan Vaughan.


Audre Biciunaite

MPhil student supervised by Professor Simon Szreter. Previously she obtained a BA in Economics and MA in Journalism Studies. Her current research interests lay in the formation of welfare policies in the 20th century and their relative effectiveness, with a particular focus on cause-and-effect relationship in welfare economics.



Alexandre Campsie

PhD student in the Faculty of History supervised by Dr Jon Lawrence. Currently working on the social and cultural thought of the British Left from the late 1950s to the early 1990s, particularly focusing on attitudes to working-class consumption and materialism. Previously worked on the relationship between the British Left and the social sciences in the moment of post-war reconstruction, with specific reference to intellectuals associated with the social research organisation Mass-Observation.



Laura Carter

Laura is a PhD student working with Professor Peter Mandler. She has previously worked on how the idea of 'modern' mass education developed in Britain from the 1920s through to the secondary modern school after 1944. Her current research focuses on the preservation, presentation, and commodification of the 'everyday' past in British culture in the early to mid twentieth century.



Eric Thomas Chapman

Eric Chapman is an M.Phil Student of Economic and Social History at Cambridge and is supervised by Dr. Cristiano A. Ristuccia, Director of Studies in Economics at Trinity Hall. His research broadly focuses on the economic consequences of conflict-aggressive countries with reference to the residual effects of both duration and domestic input levels during war time periods. Specifically, the research focuses on the wartime economic-decision-process with regards to Western and Soviet aggression on Afghanistan (19th c. to 21st c.).



Thomas Clausen

Thomas is an MPhil student supervised by Dr. Isaac Nakhimovsky. His research focuses on the reception of Johann Gottlieb Fichte in Germany. By considering how thinkers such as Friedrich Meinecke interpreted Fichte's writings, it becomes possible to gain new insights into the discussions on political economics, reason of state, and European peace. Furthermore, Fichte can be seen as the starting point of some of the most enduring debates in modern German political and economic thought and a study of his reception might contribute to a genealogy of concepts such as autarky politics, living space, and national Großraumdenken.



Jacob Currie

Jacob is a PhD student in the Faculty of History supervised by Christine Carpenter. He is interested in the social history of England in the fourteenth century; at present his work focusses on the Latin historiography of the Benedictine monastery of St Albans, and particularly on accounts of its legal disputes with its neighbours.



Jack Davies

MPhil student. His area of research focuses on the history of the concept and regulation of insider trading/market abuse within the UK since 1945. Also he is more broadly interested in the history of capitalism, macroeconomics and capital market development.



Joe Day

Joe DayPhD candidate in economic and social history, supervised by Prof. RM Smith. His research interests focus on the relationship between family formation and rural industry. Currently, his research employs digitised 19th century census data to investigate the extent to which differences in patterns of family formation between proto-industrial regions might be explained by the local economic context, and the extent to which this causes households to adopt different strategies. He is jointly funded by the DRS and an Ellen McArthur studentship in the Faculty of History, and is a member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.



Swati Dhir

Swati is an MPhil student in Economic and Social History and studied economics in her undergraduate degree. She is currently being supervised by Dr David Washbrook. Her interests lie in post-war development of India and how the failure of the state to provide economic opportunity has led to India's poor development. Through her research she hopes to carry out a historical comparative study between two states and account for their marked differences in HDI statistics.



Derek L Elliott

Derek L ElliottDerek is a PhD candidate in History funded through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) Doctoral Fellowship, and is supervised by Dr. Shruti Kapila and advised by Prof. Sir Christopher Bayly. His research uses the links between torture and revenue extraction in India under the East India Company government to examine larger questions about the nature of imperial regimes and the prevailing metropolitan political ideologies under which they were guided.



Simon Gallaher

Simon is an MPhil student in Economic and Social History, supervised by Dr. Williams and Dr. Biagini.  His research project considers the provision, development, and peculiarities of institutional welfare, such as workhouses and prisons, for children and families in Ireland during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries.



Harry Gilbertson

Harry is an MPhil student supervised by Professor Lionel Bentley of the Law Faculty. His research interests include the relationship between institutional economics and the stagnation – and relative decline – of British industry in the latter half of the nineteenth century and the early part of the twentieth. He is currently doing a cross-border comparative of the 'artificial dye' industries in Britain and Germany between 1857-1914, with a particular focus on the role Intellectual Property played in the fortunes of those industries. Other areas of interest are the history of financial capitalism, and British industrialisation from the late eighteenth century. Harry completed his undergraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin, and spent his Junior year abroad at UC Berkeley. He is from the UK and is a staunch Welsh rugby fan.



Anne Hanley

Anne is a PhD student in the Faculty of History and supervised by Professor Simon Szreter. Her doctoral research addresses changes in venereological medical knowledge and clinical practice in the years between the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts and the conclusion of the Royal Commission into Venereal Disease.



Irene J. Haycock

Irene J HaycockAn ESRC funded PhD candidate supervised by Prof. R.M. Smith in the department of Geography. Irene’s research addresses agrarian change and the extent of by-employment in early modern Staffordshire, set within the context of regional farming systems. She is investigating the drivers and processes which influence economic decisions and innovative farming practice in a county renowned for both early population growth, and precocious industrial development. To that end she is employing sources including probate inventories, parish documents, estate records and travel diaries. Irene is a member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.



Becky Henshaw

Becky is an MPhil student supervised by Professor Simon Szreter. Her main interest is in public health history. Her MPhil research project will focus on the emerging ideology of civic responsibility in Leeds in the late nineteenth century, and the regulation of health within the city.



Richard Jones

PhD candidate in the Faculty of History, researching the financing structures and material politics of gas and water utilities in Britain at the end of the nineteenth century, supervised by Martin Daunton as Professor of Economic History.



Bernard Keegan Fischer

MPhil student. Bernard is supervised by Dr. Pedro Ramos Pinto. His research interests concern British political institutions and their relationship with the economy, specifically how debt and political institutions interact and what implications this may have for the social contract.



Sebastian Keibek

Doctoral candidate in history, supervised by Dr Shaw-Taylor. His research aims to determine the occupational structure of Britain in the early modern period, using probate records as the main data. This requires correcting this powerful but problematic historical source for social bias, for which new methodologies will need to be developed as part of Sebastian's research. The results will feed into the larger 'Occupational Structure of Britain 1379 to 1911' project within the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social structure.



Sangida Khan

Economic and Social History MPhil student supervised by Professor Martin Daunton. Her research is focused on post-war riots in Britain, in particular she is trying to identify whether race or economics has been more significant as a causal factor.



Casra Labelle

Casra Labelle is an MPhil student in Economic and Social History supervised by Prof. Martin Daunton. He is using the volatile business cycle as a natural experiment to better understand political engagement. In econometric analysis of the second half of the 20th century, Casra has been concerned to find that disenfranchisement is concentrated among lower socioeconomic backgrounds.



Adrian Leonard

Adrian Leonard Adrian Leonard is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of History, and an affiliate of the University's Centre for Financial History. He is supervised by Prof. Martin Daunton and Dr. D'Maris Coffman, supported by the Centre and Cambridge Finance. His research explores the development and long-term success of London's international marine insurance market from the seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries. He employs both a qualitative approach, drawing on extensive archival sources, and a quantitative analysis centred on a newly compiled database of over 10,000 marine insurance prices. The latter has already highlighted a previously unidentified marine insurance pricing revolution, which saw the cost of contingent capital through marine insurance fall dramatically over the period. Early findings of the former component are published in the December, 2012 edition of Historical Journal, and in a chapter in an edited volume entitled Questioning Credible Commitment, to be published by Cambridge University Press early in 2013. Additionally, Leonard is a member of the editorial board of the Cambridge Working Papers in Economic and Social History, and has been elected a Bateman Scholar of Trinity Hall.



Michael Mager

MPhil candidate in Economic and Social History, supervised by Dr. D'Maris Coffman. He is studying financial market performance during periods of rapid economic growth, with a focus on East Asian economies including Japan, Korea, and China.



Timothy Maloney

Tim is an MPhil student, supervised by Professor Martin Daunton. His broad interests concern the political in economic history, with a particular focus on the nineteenth century. He is currently researching utility companies in nineteenth century Yorkshire.



Sophie McGeevor

PhD student supervised by Leigh Shaw-Taylor and Amy Erickson and member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social structure. Her research is focussed on women's work and time-use in eighteenth and nineteenth century England. Drawing on the on evidence from the 1851 census and numerous additional sources, in her current thesis she contends that women's paid work cannot be fully comprehended without a thorough understanding of their unpaid work.


Matthew McKinnon

Matthew McKinnon is a part-time MSt History student supervised by Leigh Shaw-Taylor in affiliation with the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. A climate change specialist, his current research is focused on socioeconomic aspects of energy transformation during British industrialisation.


Duncan Needham

Duncan NeedhamPhD candidate supervised by Professor Martin Daunton. His current research interests are in post-war British macroeconomic history, in particular the 1970s sea-change from Keynesian consensus to the 'sado-monetarism' of the first Thatcher administration.




Jesse Olszynko-Gryn

Mr Jesse Olszynko-GrynJesse is a PhD student in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. He works on the history of the pregnancy test, first marketed directly to women in 1971. His research concentrates on mid-twentieth-century Britain (c.1930-1970), when pregnancy testing was a diagnostic service offered by a few specialised laboratories. As part of the social history of pregnancy, he will use diaries, letters, newspapers, magazines, novels and films to recover and contextualise the changing experience of early pregnancy from self-diagnosis and clinical examination to laboratory and home testing as well as the more general transformation of patients into consumers. He is a member of the “Generation to Reproduction” team:



Stephen Pierpoint

Stephen is a PhD student currently supervised by Dr. D'Maris Coffman. After a career as a tax professional in both public and private sectors, Stephen is now working on English land tax administration of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Such direct taxes have been underestimated in the historical literature in part because they sit uneasily with dominant narratives of centralised bureaucratic state formation. The significance of this research is to highlight the importance of these levies and give them a more prominent place in fiscal history as a success story of effective administrative process and routine, overseen by capable local governors.


Tim Rudnicki

Tim is an MPhil student in Economic and Social History, and is supervised by Dr. Leigh Shaw-Taylor. His research focuses on the development of retailing in 17th and 18th century England - particularly the decline of markets and fairs and the rise of shops and private marketing. Tim previously studied history and economics at the University of Chicago, and is a member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.


Rasheed Saleuddin

Rasheed Saleuddin is PhD student in history at Corpus Christi College and affiliated with the Centre for Financial History. Rasheed returned to academia in 2011 after a career in finance in the City of London. He has a MSc from the London School of Economics in Regulation research (with distinction) and a MPhil in Economic and Social History (with distinction) from Cambridge. Rasheed's research covers the regulation of commodity markets in the US during the interwar period, and the social, political and economic environments within which the regime was created. His research is supervised by D'Maris Coffman.



Sabine Schneider

Sabine Schneider is reading for an MPhil in Economic and Social History at St John's College. Supervised by Professor Martin Daunton, her research traces the orthodox monetary views, economic objectives, and political agency of the Victorian Gold Standard lobby, concentrating on the nexus between domestic economic policy and international monetary relations during the Classical Gold Standard era (c.1880s-1914). Sabine is funded by an Ellen McArthur Scholarship in Economic History and by a Prize Research Studentship from the Joint Centre for History and Economics at Cambridge and Harvard.



Keith Sugden

Ph.D student supervised by Dr. Leigh Shaw-Taylor and a member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social structure. His research interests are in occupational and organisational structures, particularly as they relate to the decline and rise of the worsted trades in Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Devon and the West Riding of Yorkshire, c. 1700 to 1851.



Atiyab Sultan

Atiyab Sultan is doing a PhD in Economic History under the supervision of Prof. Sir Christopher Alan Bayly. Previously, she completed an MPhil in Economics at the University of Cambridge (2010-11) and taught Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan. Her doctoral research looks at institutional development in colonial Punjab during 1849-1900 with a particular focus on property rights and credit markets. More generally, her research tries to investigate long-run causes of underdevelopment, especially in post-colonial economies.



Loughlin Sweeney

PhD student supervised by Professor Eugenio Biagini. His doctoral project concerns the importance of class, religion and identity among Irish officers in the British Army in the early twentieth century, and the Army's importance as an avenue for social advancement through imperial service.



Jono Taylor

Jono is an MPhil student supervised by Professor Simon Szreter. He is interested in British demographic history, with a particular focus on fertility change. This work is motivated by a strong belief that history should play a central role in informing contemporary policy making.



Laura Tisdall

Laura is a PhD student researching primary and secondary school teachers' changing conceptions of childhood from c.1931 to c.1967, supervised by Dr Sian Pooley. For her Masters thesis, Laura focused on children in the care of voluntary institutions and the state in the inter-war period in England and Wales, and she continues to be interested in institutionalised and 'looked-after' children. Her broader interests include modern British social and cultural history, oral history, memory and selfhood, and the history of childhood and youth.



Max E. Titmuss

Max is an MPhil student supervised by Prof. Andrew Gamble. His research focuses on the economic policy of the British Union of Fascists and its reception in the press of the early 1930s, particularly the Daily Mail. In his spare time he enjoys listening to trashy music on vinyl.



Imogen Wedd

Imogen is a PhD student working on the social and economic impact of the law of property and of changes in the legal framework of finance during the period 1550 to 1700. This is within the context of Kentish gavelkind, the 'common law of Kent' which subsisted until the property Acts of 1925-6 and which supported a system of freehold tenure and partible inheritance in contrast to the law and custom of primogeniture which prevailed in most of the rest of England. She is supervised by Dr. Craig Muldrew.



Adrian Williamson

I am a PhD student, supervised by Professor Martin Daunton. I am working on 'Conservative policymaking and the birth of economic Thatcherism, 1964-1979'.





Lauren Withall

Lauren is an MPhil student supervised by Professor Simon Szreter. Her main interest is in demographic history, and her MPhil research project will focus on changing trends in Kenyan emigration and the Kenyan diaspora since independence.




Sally Woodcock

PhD student in the Faculty of History, co-supervised by Professor Peter Mandler and Dr Spike Bucklow of the Hamilton Kerr Institute. Looking at the commercial activities of the artists' colourman Charles Roberson, one of London's major suppliers of painting materials, covering the period 1820–1920. The study highlights issues of transition from craft to industry and hand to machine manufacture, exploring the tensions between tradition and innovation. The company's account ledgers reveal the importance of trade agreements and reciprocal arrangements, credit and bad debts, price fixing, trade secrets, codes, patents and copyright as well as offering an opportunity to survey an unusually wide range of artistic activity, both amateur and professional, in Victorian and Edwardian London.



Hannah Rose Woods

Hannah is an AHRC funded PhD candidate in the Faculty of History, supervised by Professor Peter Mandler. Her doctoral research investigates fear of the city in late Victorian and Edwardian thought, and examines emotional responses to urbanisation and industrialisation. It explores the ways in which individuals, societies and culture react to the complexities of modernity, and aims to provide insights into the relationship between social transformation and emotional transformation. Her broader research interests are social and cultural history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly the history of emotions and the history of consumption.


Cheng Yang

Cheng is an MPhil student supervised by Dr. Leigh Shaw-Taylor and a member of Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. Trained as a cultural heritage conservationist and preservation architect, he was drawn to the debate on Great Divergence and the study of industrial revolution. His main interest is the investigation into the economic development in Northeast China and Lower-Yangtze River Delta in 18th century through occupational structure. Among the many kings and queens he once served to conserve their afterlife living room (tombs), Nefertari at Valley of the Queens, Luxor, Egypt is his favourite.


Chenzi Xu

MPhil student supervised by Martin Daunton. Her interests lay in the formation and policies of 19th and 20th monetary unions in Europe. Her dissertation compares their policies and the degree of economic and political cohesion achieved.



Mingjie Xu

Mingjie is a Ph.D student in the history faculty, supervised jointly by professors John Hatcher and Christine Carpenter. His main interest is in the rural society and peasantry of medieval England. His current research employs medieval judicial records to reconstruct a picture of 1381 Peasants' Revolt in Cambridgeshire. Now he is at the Corpus Christi College.


Muxin Yu

MPhil student supervised by Prof. Simon Szreter. She is interested in measures of well-being and the development of economic thought and policy. Her MPhil research will focus on environmental policy during the British Industrial Revolution.