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Dr Andrea Ruddick

Dr Andrea Ruddick

Teaching Associate in British Economic and Social History, 1050-1500


Andrea Ruddick studied History as an undergraduate at Pembroke College, Cambridge, before continuing there as a postgraduate, completing a PhD on English national identity in the 14th century in 2005. She then held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, based at the Faculty of History in Cambridge. This resulted in a monograph, English Identity and Political Culture in the Fourteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2013), in the Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought series. She has since worked at the Faculty of History at Cambridge as an Affiliated Lecturer and a Research Associate, at the University of York as part of the AHRC-funded England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 project on resident aliens in late medieval England, and most recently at Exeter College, Oxford, as a Lecturer in Medieval History. She has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 2014.

Research Interests

Dr Ruddick's main research interests are in late medieval British political, ecclesiastical and cultural history, c. 1200-1500. She is particularly interested in the intersection between national, political and ethnic identities in England and the king of England’s wider dominions in a period in which all English people were subjects of the king of England, but not all subjects of the king of England were English.

Other current research interests include: the experience of resident aliens and immigrants in English society; the Council of Constance; treason and nationality; and the role of the English clergy in local social and political networks. She is currently working on a volume of sources in translation giving English perspectives on ethnicity, identity and politics in the late medieval British Isles. She also has a growing interest in the use of concepts in medieval political history, particularly the problems of terminology – medieval and modern – relating to ‘national identity’ in the pre-modern period.

Research Supervision

Dr Ruddick is happy to supervise undergraduate dissertations on a variety of late medieval British economic, social and political topics.


Dr Ruddick is convenor of Paper 8 (British Economic and Social History, c. 1050-c.1500) and lectures in medieval British economic and social history.


  • British Economic and Social History, c.1050-c.1500 (Paper 8)
  • British Political History, 1050-1509 (Paper 3)
  • European History, c.900-c.1450 (Paper 14)



  • Medieval British History
  • Economic, Social History

Key Publications


  • English identity and political culture in the fourteenth century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought series.


  • ‘Immigrants and Inter-Marriage in Late Medieval England’, in Resident Aliens in Later Medieval England, ed. N. McDonald, W.M. Ormrod & C. Taylor (Turnhout, 2018), pp.181-200.
  • ‘”Becoming English”: Nationality, Terminology, and Changing Sides in the Late Middle Ages’, Medieval Worlds 5 (2017), 57-69.
  • ‘The English “nation” and the Plantagenet “empire” at the Council of Constance’, in The Plantagenet empire, 1259-1453: Proceedings of 2014 Harlaxton Medieval Symposium, ed. P. Crooks, D. Green and M. Ormrod (Harlaxton Medieval Studies / Shaun Tyas, 2016), pp.109-27.
  • ‘Local politics and ecclesiastical patronage in gentry letters’, in Political society in later medieval England: A festschrift for Christine Carpenter, ed. B. Thompson and J. Watts (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2015), pp. 93-112.
  • ‘Gascony and the limits of British Isles history’ in Ireland and the English world in the late middle ages, ed. B. Smith (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 68-88.
  • ‘National sentiment and religious vocabulary in fourteenth-century England’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 60 (2009), 1-18.
  • ‘National and political identity in Anglo-Scottish relations, c. 1286-1377: a governmental perspective’ in England and Scotland in the fourteenth-century: new perspectives, ed. A. King and M. Penman (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2007), pp. 196-215.
  • 'Ethnic identity and political language in the King of England’s dominions: a fourteenth-century perspective’ in The Fifteenth Century VI: identity and insurgency in the late Middle Ages, ed. L. Clark (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2006), pp. 15-31.