Dr Stephanie Emma Brown

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Member of The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure
Member of the Violence Research Centre

Stephanie is an Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Criminology. She is a member of the Violence Research Centre and the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. Stephanie is a historian of crime and criminal justice interested the prosecution of violent crime from 1350 to 1900. Her research interests include legal and social conceptions of violence, the socio-economic backgrounds of criminals and victims, and the construction of criminality. Her work tackles the question of how prosecution is shaped by social ideas about violence, gender, ethnicity, and class.


The history of crime and criminal justice (1350-1900).

The 'crisis' of the fourteenth century (Famine, Black Death, Peasants Revolt)

Socio-legal history

English and Welsh history

I am able to supervise Outline Papers 2, 3, 4, and 7.

I co-convene the 'History of Violence' option on the Criminology MPhil.


June 2022            Centre for English Legal History Seminar, Cambridge | Identity and the prosecution of homicide in fourteenth-century Yorkshire

May 2022             Coverture conference, University of Florida | Coverture and crime in late medieval England

March 2022          Early Modern British and Irish History Seminar, Cambridge | Memory, narratives, and remembering

May 2021             Medieval Economic and Social History Seminar, Cambridge | Violence in the vill: Manorial amercements for bloodshed in fourteenth-century Yorkshire

March 2021         Late Medieval Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London | Making a medieval murderer: Identity and prosecution in fourteenth-century Yorkshire



Sept 2022            Manorial Documents Conference | Manorial amercements in fourteenth-century Yorkshire

June 2022            British Society of Criminology | A matter of life and death: mercy and murder, South Wales 1850-1900

April 2022            Economic History Society Conference | Let the punishment fit the man: manorial amercements for bloodshed in 14th-century Yorkshire

Sept 2021            ‘Race’, law, and group identity in medieval Europe, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń | ‘Non-English’ suspects and victims of homicide in late medieval Yorkshire

July 2021             International Medieval Congress, Leeds | 'A golden age of lawlessness': Crime in the Court Rolls of 14th-Century Yorkshire

March 2021         Women’s History Network, International Women’s Day Conference | Female-perpetrated homicide in late medieval Yorkshire

July 2019             International Medieval Congress, Leeds | Law and Disorder in the Black Death

Sept 2018            British Crime Historians Symposium, Edgehill | Judicial activity during the Black Death

Aug 2017             Tradition and Innovation, CEU, Budapest | 'Legitimate Rape': A re-evaluation of Raptus legislation


Member of The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure (CAMPOP)

Founder of the Legal and Social History Workshop

Early Career Member of the Royal Historical Society

Member of the Economic History Society and the Social History Society

Committee Member for Crime and Punishment Network 

Editor of Doing History in Public (2019-2020) and of the Social History Society's Community Exchange

Member of the London Society for Medieval Studies

Coordinator of History for Schools, 2020-21

Project Lead for Open History, 2020-21


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Key publications

‘“Completely innocent or wholly culpable”: Judicial outcomes of women tried for homicide in pre-modern England’, in I. Masson and N. Booth eds. The Routledge Handbook of Women's Experiences of Criminal Justice (Routledge, 2022). 

‘The only consolation is that the criminal is not a Welshman: The foreign-born men hanged in Wales, 1840-1900’, in P. Low, H. Rutherford, C. Sandford-Couch, eds. Execution Culture in Nineteenth Century Britain: From Public Spectacle to Hidden Ritua(Routledge, 2021).