Dr. Hillary Taylor

Unestablished University Lecturer in Early Modern British Social and Economic History
Dr. Hillary Taylor

I have broad interests in the social, economic, and legal history of Britain and the Atlantic world, c. 1500-1750. I am currently finishing a book about social relations and the class politics of language and working on another project about workplace violence, both in early modern England. After receiving my PhD from Yale in 2016, I held a Research Fellowship at Jesus College, Cambridge. 

My research involves two broad strands of inquiry. The first is concerned with the mechanisms by which socio-economic inequality was maintained and reproduced over the course of the early modern period. The second relates to the ways in which the host of socio-economic changes involved in the transition to industrial capitalism shaped, and were in turn shaped by, members of the labouring population. 

In Part I, I co-convene and teach for Paper 9, British Social and Economic History, 1500-1750. I also supervise Part II undergraduate dissertations and teach an MPhil module, Language and Power in Early Modern Britain and the Wider World. 


Tags & Themes


Jesus College


CB5 8BL 


Key Publications

‘Labourers, Legal Aid, and the Limits of Popular Legalism in Star Chamber,’ in Star Chamber Matters: The Court and its Records, ed. Krista Kesselring and Natalie Mears (University of London Press, forthcoming 2021)

 'The Price of the Poor's Words: Social Relations and the Economics of Deposing for One's "Betters" in Early Modern England', Economic History Review (2019) https://doi.org/10.1111/ehr.12773

 '"Branded on the Tongue": Rethinking Plebeian Inarticulacy in Early Modern England,' Radical History Review 121 (2015) https://doi.org/10.1215/01636545-2799986