Graduate students



Simon Abernethy

Simon is a PhD student supervised by Dr John 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 LSE between 1929 and 1931. He enjoys baking.


Clemens Auersperg

Clemens is an MPhil student supervised by Dr. Duncan Needham. He has a special interest in financial history, and his research is on the development of leveraged buyouts since the 1960s. Clemens previously graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in History. 



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.


Kayt Button

Kayt Button is a PhD student in History supervised by Dr Paul Warde loosely called Environmental Impact of the National Electricity Grid as part of a wider project called The Power and The Water ( . She is investigating the impacts of the Grid through the main policies and people at a national scale alongside two GIS based local case studies. One of the South West of England and the other of Industries in London. She is also collecting personal memories of peoples first introduction to electricity.


Alexandre Campsie

PhD student in the Faculty of History supervised by Jon Lawrence. Currently working on the intellectual history of the British New Left from the late 1950s to the early 1990s, focusing on ideas about class, culture and 'everyday life'. An article based on my previous work entitled 'Mass-Observation, left intellectuals and the politics of everyday life' is forthcoming in the English Historical Review.



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.



Leslie Chang

Leslie is an Economic and Social History MPhil student supervised by Dr. Craig Muldrew. Her areas of focus fall within accounting history, and her dissertation will look at the degrees of accounting education provided in c18-19 Britain and its ethical implications on the market.



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.



Callum Easton

Callum Easton is presently studying for an MPhil in Economic and Social History. His research centres on the process of state formation in the North East of England, and on the impact of the coal trade on this transition. Wider interests include maritime and naval history, and energy history.



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 David Washbrook and Professor Joya Chatterji. 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 a PhD candidate in History supervised by Prof. Eugenio Biagini.  His interest is welfare history, and his research addresses the experience of children in public care in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Ireland.  The workhouse is of particular focus and he investigates how structural poverty, family formation, education and religion, and prevailing conceptions of childhood shaped the welfare experience of poor children.



Neil Gandhi

Neil is an MPhil student supervised by Professor Simon Szreter. He previously worked with the Social Mobility & Child Poverty Commission, conducting research into social mobility and education in Britain for the Rt. Hon. Alan Milburn MP. He has worked for the Labour Party and with the Department for International Development on a Police Reform Programme in the DR Congo. His main interest is UK and global politics, and his dissertation research is concentrating on conceptions of poverty from the era of Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair.


Spike Gibbs

Spike is a PhD student in the Faculty of History supervised by Dr Chris Briggs and a member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. His research focuses on manorial officeholding in late medieval England and explores how these offices' functions and status changed and were modified in the transition into the Early Modern Period. It attempts to examine their role within the village community and its elite and explore them in the context of alternative offices of the vill and parish.


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.



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.



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.


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.



Alain Naef

Alain Naef is a PhD candidate in financial history supervised by Dr. David Chambers. He also teaches an introduction to economic history at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previous education includes the Wharton School and the University of Geneva (MBA) and the London School of Economics (MSc). Alain's research focuses on forex market spreads in the interwar years as well as understanding how capital controls mitigated currency crises risk in the Early Bretton Woods period, and how this can be applied to developing economies today.


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.


Ellen Potter

Ellen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography, supervised by Dr Romola Davenport, Dr Alice Reid, and Prof. Richard Smith. She is working on mortality change in England. For the first part of her thesis, Ellen is enhancing parish reconstitutions to examine the relationship between mortality, occupation, and environment.


Ryan Ripamonti

Ryan is an MPhil student in Economic and Social History at Queens' College, and is supervised by Dr. Craig Muldrew. He graduated from Durham University in 2015 with a BA (hons) having studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Ryan is currently researching credit relations in the 17th-18th century Isle of Man economy, with an interest in trade and market transformation during the period.


Paco Ruzzante

Paco Ruzzante is a PhD candidate in Economic History supervised by Dr Pedro Ramos Pinto. He is also a research assistant on corporate control contests for Professor Brian Cheffins (faculty of law) and Professor John Armour (University of Oxford). Previous education includes the University of Cambridge (MPhil in Economic and social History) and the University of Padova (MA and BA). Paco's research investigates the influence of Keynesian theories on the technical, institutional and political discussion of social policies in Italy, Spain and Portugal after World War II.



Rasheed Saleuddin

Rasheed is a PhD student in History at Corpus Christi College and a PhD scholar at the Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance (CERF). His thesis explores the political economy and the political construction of US agricultural commodity markets between 1920 and 1935. Rasheed previously studied regulation at the LSE, economics and finance at the University of Toronto, and economic and social history at Cambridge. His work is supervised by D'Maris Coffman.



Sabine Schneider

Sabine is an ESRC-funded PhD candidate in History at St John's College. Supervised by Professor Martin Daunton, she is carrying out research on the political economy of nineteenth-century Germany. Her thesis examines Germany's path towards economic integration, with a focus on the monetary, banking, and fiscal policies adopted during the Kaiserreich's liberal reform era.



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 South Asia in the period 1900-47 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. She is co-convener of the Graduate Workshop in Economic and Social History in 2014-15.



Loughlin Sweeney

PhD student supervised by Professor Eugenio Biagini. His research interests are Ireland and the British Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly the intersections of class, gender and identity in Irish imperial communities. He completed an MPhil in Economic and Social History in 2012 on Irish communities in mid-nineteenth century Tasmania, and is currently working on a doctoral project studying elite networks and career paths of Irish military officers in the British Army from the 1870s to the 1920s.



Emiliano Travieso

Emiliano is an MPhil in Economic and Social History student supervised by Dr Paul Warde studying the comparative economic development of New Zealand and Uruguay (1870-1930) from the perspective of energy and environmental history. More broadly, he is interested in comparisons and connections in the economic histories of the global South. Before coming to Cambridge he graduated from a Masters in Economic History at Universidad de la República (Uruguay), where he was also an assistant lecturer.


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.



Lauren Withall

Lauren is a PhD student supervised by Professor Simon Szreter. Her main interest is in demographic history, and her research focuses 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 completed his MPhil in economic and social history between 2014 and 2015. He is now a PhD 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 18th -19th centuries China from the perspective of living standard and occupation structure based on gazetteer books and criminal records. 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.



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.