Dr Amy Louise Erickson

Professor of Feminist History
Dr Amy Louise Erickson

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 by the university.

In the History Faculty, I serve as Early Career Researcher 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'.

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

MPhil theses supervised: 'Defamation in seventeenth-century Lichfield'; 'Early modern Mancunians and their goods, 1660-1760'; 'Welsh apprentices in London, 1600 – 1700' (jointly with Dr Amy Blakeway); and 'The first female members of the Merchant Taylors' Company of York'.

Current PhD theses supervised are: Estelle Overs on 'The Hostmen of Newcastle 1500-1700'; Imogen Wedd on 'Gavelkind and the Land Market in Kent 1550-1700'; Sophie McGeevor on 'Women's Time Use in 19th-century London'; and Alex Wakelam on '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. Titles have included:

  • Census enumeration of women working at Cambridge colleges, 1881-1911
  • Students' experience of Girton College in the early 20th century
  • 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

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


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