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.


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Joyce Lau

Joyce is an MPhil in Economic and Social History supervised by Dr. Cristiano Ristuccia. Before coming to Cambridge, she studied history and math at Duke University as a Robertson scholar. Her research focuses on how the discovery of energy resources has changed the relationship between Central Asia and world powers, namely Russia, Great Britain, and China, over the past century. Hobbies include trying new foods and playing tennis.



Fanny Louvier

Fanny Louvier is an MPhil in Economic and Social History under the supervision of Dr Natalia Mora Sitja. She is interested in the cultural and economic history of women during the twentieth century, focusing on women during the Second World War. Her research focuses on women's work during the Second World War in France and Great Britain through an analysis of the economic theories used by both governments and a focus on the patriarchal values underlying such policies. She would be interested in pursuing her analysis of women's work during the Second World War further, in order to combine such a project with her interest for the history of domestic service, more specifically the structural changes it went through during the twentieth century. She is funded by the Centre for History and Economics in Cambridge.



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.



Lucia Novak

Lucia is an MPhil student supervised by Dr. David Chambers. She previously graduated from Buckingham University with a B.A. in Politics and Economics. She is interested in financial history, and her research is on the first investment trust in Britain, Foreign and Colonial Investment Trust, for the years 1919-1939.




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.



Katren Rogers

Katren is an MPhil student in Economic and Social History, supervised by Pedro Ramos Pinto. Her dissertation explores the implications of externalities taxes used as public health policies for the changing roles of the German and British welfare states since 1945. Katren graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of International and Global Studies in Political Economy and History, and she wrote this biography about herself in the third person.



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.



Paco Ruzzante

Paco Ruzzante is an MPhil student in Social and Economic History, supervised by Dr Pedro Ramos Pinto. He graduated from University of Padova with a bachelor degree in History and a Master Degree in Historical sciences. Paco is currently studying the influence played by the Beveridge Report in the Mediterranean region after World War II. He is also a PhD candidate with the project to analyse the broader influence of Keynesian theories in the South European Welfare system.



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.



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 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.



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 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.



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.