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Dr Amy Louise Erickson

Dr  Amy Louise Erickson

Reader in Feminist History

In the History Faculty: Room 3.3

Mailing: Robinson College, Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9AN

Office Phone: 01223 335321 History


Having completed a BA in Social Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley, a PhD at Cambridge in 1991 under the supervision of Margeret Spufford, and a Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge, I spent the next twenty years on short-term, part-time research contracts, punctuated by one year as the Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Professor at the University of Uppsala. Since 2005 I have worked with the Cambridge Group for the History of Population & Social Structure, and since 2013 have been employed full-time by the university.

In the History Faculty, I serve as Early Career Researcher Advocate, Wellbeing Advocate, and Academic Lead on Athena Swan. In the Group for the History of Population & Social Structure, I co-direct the research programme in 'The Occupational Structure of England & Wales 1379-1911'.

Subject groups/Research projects

Early Modern History:

British economic and social history, 1500-1800

Economic, Social and Cultural History:

British economic and social history, 1500-1800

Research Interests

Gendered economic, social and legal structures in early modern England, and the history of women's higher education in the 20th century.

Research Supervision

MPhil theses supervised: Defamation in seventeenth-century Lichfield; Early modern Mancunians and their goods, 1660-1760; Welsh apprentices in London, 1600 – 1700; The first female members of the Merchant Taylors' Company of York; Women's work in silk ribbon weaving in Coventry during industrialisation; Food in the account books of the Cavendish family, Earls of Devonshire, c.1640-c.1660; Understanding the practices and representations of female occupations in late eighteenth-century London from the Proceedings of the Old Bailey.

PhD theses supervised: The Tudor Hostmen of Newcastle; Gavelkind and the Land Market in Somerden Hundred, Kent 1550-1700Women's Time Use in 19th-century London; Imprisonment for Debt and Women’s Financial Failure in the Long Eighteenth Century.


In Part I of the History tripos, I teach Paper 9 (British Economic and Social History 1500-1750), and the Themes & Sources option 'Earning a Living in England, 1377-1911'.  

In Part II, I supervise dissertations in early modern social and economic history or in 20th-century higher education and employment. Past titles include:

  • Census enumeration of women working at Cambridge colleges, 1881-1911
  • Students' experience of Girton College in the early 20th century
  • The working lives of Irish women in late 19th-century England
  • Women and work in Bradford and Halifax, 1838-1851 (jointly with Dr Keith Sugden)
  • The financing of early modern theatres (jointly with Dr Jennifer Bishop)
  • Apprenticeship from Christ's Hospital, London in the 17th century
  • Apprenticeship in later 17th-century Bristol
  • The fathers of illegitimate children in Surrey and Sussex in the late 18th century
  • The Irish in 18th-century London
  • The economic lives of women in Edinburgh, 1634 – 1696 (jointly with Dr Amy Blakeway)
  • Music and masculinity in early modern England

Other Professional Activities

I co-convene the Early Modern Economic & Social History Seminar in Cambridge and the Women's History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research in London, I chair the Council of the British Record Society, serve on the Editorial Board of Cambridge Working Papers in Economic & Social History and the Advisory Board of the Gender & Work project at Uppsala University, and was a partner in the Leverhulme Network 'Producing Change: Gender and Work in Early Modern Europe' (2016-19).


  • Economic, Social History
  • British social history c.1600-1850
  • Early Modern History

Key Publications

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