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Simone Hanebaum

Simone Hanebaum

PhD Candidate/Research Student

Simone Hanebaum is available for consultancy.

Cambridge CB21RD


I am a Cambridge Trust and Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) PhD candidate/research student based at Peterhouse (matric. 2015). I came to Cambridge after completing my Bachelor of Arts (2012) and Master of Arts (2014) degrees at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. For my M.A. I completed a thesis entitled 'Thomas Bentley and "Monumentes of Antiquities worthy memory":  History, Memory, and Identity in Early Modern England' under the supervision of Dr. John Craig and Dr. Hilmar Pabel. Many moons ago, I was also a student at the United World College of the Adriatic (UWCAD) in Duino, Italy from 2007-2009. 

Research Interests

 I am an early modern British historian working on memory and textual monuments in post-Reformation England, 1560-1650 under the supervision of Dr. Alexandra Walsham. My thesis investigates how early modern people considered and used texts as sites of memory or commemorative spaces, and how the culture of commemoration, especially as it pertains to texts developed in the aftermath of the Reformation. More broadly, I am interested in historical writing, memory, identity and social and cultural change in Tudor and early Stuart England. My work is interdisciplinary in nature and sits at junctions between history, literary studies and archival studies. 


I am happy to supervise students in the following papers in Part I of the Historical Tripos:

Paper 4: British political history, 1485-1714

Paper 9: British economic and social history, c. 1500-1750

I am also a Historical Argument and Practice facilitator on the topic of Memory. 

Before coming to Cambridge I was a teaching assistant in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University where I facilitated tutorials/seminar classes and assessed student work on a variety of topics, including the history of the British Isles from prehistory to the twentieth century, the history of Christianity to 1500, late medieval Europe, and Chinese history after 1800. I hold a certificate in Teaching and Learning for University Teaching from Simon Fraser University.

Other Professional Activities

In Cambridge I have served as the co-convenor for the Faculty of History's Early Modern Interdisciplinary Seminar from 2016-2017 which successfully received AHRC support to bring in well-known scholars across the discipline. I am also a graduate library assistant at the Ward Library, and I have served the Peterhouse postgraduate student community as the secretary for the graduate society from 2016-2017. I was part of a committee which successfully introduced a variety of new welfare policies, including regular yoga practices and flying the LGBT flag at college to mark LGBT History month.

I have worked extensively as a research assistant on a project on the purchase of early modern books in England, and from 2014-2015 I was a research assistant responsible for researching and writing faculty biographies as part of a prospographical investigation of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University as part of its fiftieth anniversary celebrations in 2015 available at: 



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

Key Publications

S. Hanebaum, ‘Sovereigns and Superstitions: Identity and Memory in Thomas Bentley’s ‘Monumentes of Antiquities,’ Cultural and Social History 13 (2016), pp.287-305

Other Publications

S. Hanebaum, 'How I write, why I write' - guest post on the Trumpet of Sedition blog, posted 23 October 2017,