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Kieran Heinemann


Before coming to Cambridge in October 2014, I did my BA (History and Social Science) and MA (Modern European History) at the Humboldt University, Berlin. In 2010/11 I was an Erasmus Visiting Scholar at King's College London. My PhD thesis is funded by a Derek Brewer Research Studentship of Emmanuel College and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). During the 2014/15 academic year I was an Honorary Scholar of the Kurt Hahn Trust.

Research Interests

My PhD project looks into popular forms of stock market investment and political efforts of widening share ownership throughout twentieth-century Britain. I explore social, economic and cultural changes that helped financial practices like investing and speculating become mass activities. Ranging from the inter-war period to Thatcherite Britain, I look into how debates over the profit-motive, financial prudence or gambling promoted – or restrained – ordinary people's engagement in the stock market.

More generally I am interested in the history of twentieth-century Europe, the history of global capitalism from the nineteenth century to the present and in debates between financial and cultural historians.


I supervise undergraduates for Part I, Paper 18, ‘European History, 1890 to the present’ and teach an HAP class on 'New Economic Histories'.

Other Professional Activities

Member of the New York-Cambridge Training Collaboration (NYCTC)


  • Modern British History

Key Publications

Investment, Speculation and Popular Stock Market Engagement in Twentieth-Century Britain, Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 56 (2016), 249-272

‘Aktien für alle?: Kleinanleger und die Börse in der Ära Thatcher’, Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte 64 (2016), 637–63