Student Ambassadors

The list of current Student Ambassadors can be found below.  If your institution is not represented, please do think about applying.  Further information can be found here.

Christopher Absell (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
Absell photoChristopher Absell is a PhD student at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.  His doctoral dissertation focuses on the causes and consequences of Brazilian export growth during the nineteenth century.  His research interests are wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary, and he has previously published articles on international relations theory, Latin-American economic integration (the ALBA-TCP), and the semantic history of development studies.  He holds a BA (honours) in Political Science from the University of Queensland, Australia, and an MA in International Economic Relations from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Robin Adams (University of Oxford)
Adams picRobin Adams is a DPhil student at the Faculty of History, Oxford University, currently researching the financing of the republican movement during the Irish War of Independence (1919-21).  He holds an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics and a BBS (Lang) in Business and Russian from Trinity College Dublin. He is particularly interested in war finance, state formation, and the economics of illegal organisations.

Maylis Avaro (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies)
AvaroMaylis Avaro is a PhD student at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, currently working on the Swiss franc during the Bretton Woods era. Her research interests also include history of central banking, financial crises and regulation. She holds an MSc in Economic History (Research) from the London School of Economics, and an MA in Economics and Social Sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure.

Emma Barrett (University of Birmingham)


Emma Barrett is a doctoral researcher in the School of History and Cultures at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests are the ideological and material interests behind financial deregulation in the 1980s. Emma is a former partner of a corporate law firm and has a practical familiarity with regulatory environments, government policy and capitalist corporate strategy.

Peter Bent (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Photo of Bent Peter is a PhD student in economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is also a Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He holds an MSc in Economic History (Research) from the London School of Economics, and an MA in Economics from the University of New Hampshire. His current research focuses on financial crises in peripheral economies from 1880-1913.

Charlotte Berry (Institute of Historical Research)

BerryCharlotte Berry is a research student at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. Her PhD, entitled ‘Margins and marginality in fifteenth-century London’ is supervised by Prof. Matthew Davies and Dr. Mark Merry. She graduated with a BA in History from the University of York in 2010 and received her MA from the IHR in 2013. Her research interests centre on urban history, in particular urban social relations and the neighbourhood in the late medieval and early modern city.

Tom Buckley (University of Reading)
Buckley picTom is a PhD student at the Henley Business School, University of Reading and is currently researching the Performance of the Large Scale Retail Firms in Britain and the United States between 1950 and 1980.  He holds an MA from the University of Durham and a BA from the University of Newcastle. Tom is particularly interested in the retail industry, company performance and the historic determinates of service sector productivity from a managerial perspective. He has particularly enjoyed using the corporate archives of Marks and Spencer, and J.C. Penney. For the past two years Tom has been the student representative for the School of International Business and Strategy. 

Sergio Castellanos-Gamboa (Bangor University)
Castellanos Gamboa picSergio Castellanos-Gamboa is a PhD candidate in Banking and Finance at the Bangor Business School in Bangor University.  Currently he is researching the evolution of consumer credit in the United Kingdom during the twentieth century and its effect on British households and the British economy.  His research interests include: Macroeconomics, Economic History, Banking and Finance. He holds a BS. in Economics and an MSc in Economics from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Twitter: @chechurris

Cédric Chambru (University of Geneva)
Chambru picCédric Chambru is a PhD student in economics at the University of Geneva. He holds an MSc in Economics from the Sciences Po Paris, and an MA in Economics and Public Policy from École Polytechnique (X) and Sciences Po Paris.  Cédric's project seeks to explore the relationship between weather and conflict in the historical perspective.  He previously conducted research on public finance in the French colonies and has also developed an interest in Northeast Asian economic history.

Maria Stella Chiaruttini (European University Institute, [EUI] Florence)
CharuttiniMaria Stella is a PhD researcher in Economic History at the European University Institute, Florence. Formerly a research and teaching assistant at the University of Zurich, Department of Economics, she holds a BA and a MSc in Economics from the University of Trieste, Italy. Her current research focuses on Italian financial integration at the time of unification. She is particularly interested in the multidimensionality of long-run integration processes and especially in the interaction between politics and economic development. Other fields of interest include: international trade, financial centres, business elites and economic regionalism.

Marc Collinson (Bangor University)
Collinson picMarc Collinson is a PhD student at the School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology at Bangor University.  He holds both an MA in History and a BA in Modern and Contemporary History from Bangor University.  Marc is particularly interested in the impact of post-war Commonwealth migration and its impact on British working class representative institutions including the Labour Party and the wider labour movement during the period of economic and imperial decline c,1945-79. He teaches on modules relating to modern and contemporary history and is a member of the Society for the Study of Labour History, the Post Colonial Studies Association and the EHS. He is also a voluntary assistant on the Policy History Research Group website development project at Bangor.

Jeremy Ducros (Paris School of Economics)
Ducros picJérémy is a PhD Student at the Paris School of Economics, currently researching the economic role of regional stock exchanges in XIX century France. He holds an MSc in Economics from the Paris School of Economics, an MA in Economics from the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and an MA in Management from the Paris Dauphine University. He is particularly interested in financial and banking history. He was previously involved in the “Data for Financial History” project, which proposes to build an exhaustive database of stock quotes in France since 1800.

Alberto Feenstra (University of Amsterdam)
Feenstra picAlberto is a PhD Candidate at the History Department, in the Arts Faculty of the University of Amsterdam and is currently researching the integration of Dutch capital markets for public debt in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  His research focuses on the relationship between political and financial integration in a long term perspective.  He holds a Research Masters in Global History from the Free University (Vrije Universiteit) in Amsterdam and has also published on currency usage and economic growth in eighteenth-century Java.  Alberto is particularly interested in financial and monetary history in relation to wider social, economic and political developments.

Germán Forero-Laverde (Universitat de Barcelona)
ForeroGermán is a third-year PhD student in economic history at Universitat de Barcelona. His research focuses on the evolution of the boom-bust cycle in stock prices and credit aggregates under the different monetary regimes of the twentieth century. He holds an MSc in Finance from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and a BA in Finance and Foreign Affairs from Universidad Externado de Colombia. He is particularly interested in the evolution of financial crises and policy reaction functions to these events. He held a post as professor-researcher at Universidad Externado de Colombia (2010-14). During his tenure he published several articles and book chapters both in English and Spanish. Twitter: @GermanforeroL

Daniel Gallardo Albarrán (University of Groningen)
Gallarda AlbarranDaniel is a doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Economics, University of Groningen. His research focuses on the effect of health on welfare and economic growth as well as on the causes of health improvements during the late 19th and first half of the 20th century.  Daniel holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Seville and his research interests are the evolution and measurement aspects of living standards, the determinants of health, historical national accounts and the industrial revolution.  Twitter: @DanielGalAlb

Kathryn Gary (Lund University)


Kathryn is a PhD student at the Department of Economic History, Lund University. Her dissertation work focuses on income from different types of wages and on extending the ways we investigate historical wages, using data from early modern Sweden during Europe’s Little Divergence. She is especially interested in women’s roles in the waged economy and in the changing relationships between different kinds of employment.

Brenna Gibson (University of Southampton)
Gibson picBrenna is a PhD student at the Faculty of History at the University of Southampton, currently researching English seafarer communities in the Later Middle Ages.  She holds a BA in English from the University of Montana and an MA in Medieval and Renaissance Culture from the University of Southampton.  She is particularly interested in the economic status of seafarers in the fourteenth century, the social makeup of shipmasters both on the sea and on the land, and ship naming practices of shipmasters in the fourteenth century.  She collaborates with the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, which funds her project, and is a founding member of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Postgraduate Group.  Twitter: @medievalkiwani // @SMMPG

Tadeusz Gwiazdowski (University of Manchester)
Gwiazdowski picTad is a final year PhD student at the University of Manchester with a working thesis title 'Stabilization Policy and Recovery from Deep Recessions'.  His research interests include: macroeconomics, economic history and specifically stabilization policy during periods of macroeconomics crisis.  His current focus is on Interwar Britain and specifically the policies the British Treasury pursued after exit from the Gold Standard in September 1931.  He holds a BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree and an MA Economics both from the University of Manchester.  Further information can be found here.

Jade Halbert (University of Glasgow)
HalbertJade is a third-year ESRC-funded PhD student in the History department at the University of Glasgow. Her thesis examines the mechanics of the post-war British fashion industry, and uses a case study approach that places the Glaswegian fashion design and manufacturing company, ‘Marion Donaldson’ at its heart. A former ambassador for the Costume Society, Jade has a MLitt in Dress and Textile Histories from the University of Glasgow and a BA in Fashion Promotion (Journalism) from the London College of Fashion. More broadly, her research interests include: the training and welfare of workers in the needle trades, the development and subsequent deindustrialisation of the British rag trade, and the material culture of mass-produced fashion. Twitter @jadehalbert

Tom Heritage (University of Southampton)
HeritageTom is a PhD student at the School of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton, investigating the elderly population of England and Wales from 1851 to 1911. He is funded by the ESRC on their Economic and Social History pathway. His study involves a detailed analysis of Victorian and Edwardian census enumerators’ books as digitally transcribed by the Integrated Census Microdata Project (I-CeM). They provide insight into the changing population size of the elderly, their employment and retirement patterns, poverty and familial relationships. He holds a BA (Hons) and an MA by Research in History at the University of Hertfordshire, where he developed his main interests in historical demography, ageing, poverty and welfare in nineteenth-century England. Additional interests include local and regional history, family history and general economic and social history from c. 1500-1900. He has taught on the Population History module at Southampton and is a member of the Local Population Studies Society and the British Society for Population Studies.

James Hillyer (University College London)
Hillyer picJames is a PhD candidate at the Institute of the Americas, University College London and is currently researching the career of the American economist Walter W. Heller, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. He holds an MA in United States Studies from UCL and a BA in Modern History from Queen Mary, University of London. James is interested in U.S. economic policy, particularly the rise, ascendancy and eclipse of American Keynesianism. He has conducted archival research at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Harvard University, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Historical Society, and also sits on the committee of the UCL Americas Research Network.

Andrea Incerpi (University of Siena)
IncerpiAndrea is a PhD student in Economics at the University of Siena. After a bachelor and an MA in Historical Sciences at the University of Florence, Faculty of Humanities, he obtained an MA in Accounting, Auditing and Control at Bocconi University in Milan. His main research interests are financial and international history, referring, in particular, to the Contemporary Age (19th-20th centuries). He is currently researching international capital flows dynamics with a specific focus on the Italian balance of payments until the First World War. Other fields of interest are monetary history, central banking policies and financial crises.

María Cecilia Lara (Universidad de la República)
LaraCecilia is a PhD student in Economic History at the Universidad de la República, Uruguay.  She holds an MSc in Economic History and an MSc in Demography, both at the Universidad de la República.  Her research interests include industrial economics, development and fertility especially in Latin American countries.  Currently, Cecilia is exploring the relationship between productivity performance, wages and institutional variables in the manufacturing sector during the import substitution period in Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.  She also teaches bachelor and masters’ courses related to population, economics and development.

Alastair Learmont (University of Edinburgh)
LearmontAlastair is a PhD student in Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh.  His doctoral research examines the economic, social and political challenges faced by Scottish sugar planters in Jamaica at the time of British abolition of the slave trade.  Alastair is a Classics graduate of the University of Bristol and holds MScs in Eighteenth Century Cultures, and Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh.  He is currently co-convenor of the Graduate Workshop at the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies.

Nikita Lychakov (Queen's University Belfast)
Lychakov picNikita Lychakov is a PhD student at Queen’s University Management School, Belfast. He holds an MA from Northeastern University. His research covers the last financial crisis that took place in the Russian Empire from 1899 to 1902, focusing on the ultimate causes of bank distress and crisis management by the Russian State Bank in that period. His interests lie in financial history, broadly speaking, and in the behaviour of Russian, British, and American financiers in particular.

Flora Macher (London School of Economics)
Macher picFlora is a PhD student at the Department of Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science, currently researching the causes of the Central European crises of 1931 and signs of crisis propagation across this region.  She holds an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics and an MSc in Economics from the Corvinus University of Budapest. She is particularly interested in financial and banking history, the role of policy-makers in financial crises and the relationship between states and banks.

Rachael Morton (University of Warwick)
Morton picRachael Morton is a third year PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Warwick, researching the English metalware trade in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She is particularly interested in material culture, the regulation of production, and the circulation of knowledge between producers and consumers. She founded the Material Culture and Commodities Reading Group at Warwick. She previously studied at the University of York where she worked towards an interdisciplinary MA in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and a BA in English and History. Futher information can be found here.

Miguel Ángel Ortiz (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid/SciencesPo)
MiguelMiguel Ángel Ortiz is a PhD student in economic history at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and research fellow under the Marie Curie programme ‘Macrohist’, based in SciencesPo (Paris).  He studies the short-term effects of political and social problems during the III French Republic, over the Paris Stock Exchange.  Nevertheless, his research activities are more extensive, paying special attention to international trade in the late nineteenth century.  For that reason, he has been studying the effects of protectionism in France over wheat prices, after the year 1892. He holds a BA in Economics and an MSc in Economic Development and Growth, both from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he could develop an extensive analysis over the economic reforms in Vietnam, in the 7 years after the implementation of "Doi-Moi", in 1986.

Ravshonbek Otojanov (Queen Mary, University of London)
Otojanov picRavshonbek is a final year PhD student at the School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary University of London.  He is interested in historical energy transitions and their effects on long term economic growth and development.  His current research involves empirical analysis of the role of transition from organic to fossil fuels in the British Industrial Revolution.  He holds an MSc in Accounting and Finance with Distinction from London Metropolitan University.

Matthew Pawelski (Lancaster University)
Pawelski picMatthew Pawelski is a third-year AHRC funded PhD student at Lancaster University, studying processes of industrialisation from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries and their social and cultural ramifications.  Specifically, his research focuses on the Derbyshire lead industry.  This industry, which had been in continuous operation for half a millennium prior to the Industrial Revolution, provides an excellent case study for understanding the pressures that industrialisation placed upon local societies and economies.  Twitter: @MatthewPawelski

Kimberley Pullen (University of Leicester)
PullenKimberley Pullen is a PhD student in the department of Local History at the University of Leicester. She holds a BA and MRes in History from this university, and started her PhD in 2014.  Her current research interests are in the Old Poor Law, enclosures and social change in the period 1700-1834.  Her wider interests are in the social and economic history of the early modern period, with a particular emphasis on welfare history and the Old Poor Law, as well as on developments such as demographic growth, agrarian change and the industrial revolution.

Vigyan D Ratnoo (University of York)
VigyanVigyan is a PhD student in the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York.  His doctoral research considers the interplay of geography, institutions and human capital development in early twentieth-century India.  More broadly, he is interested in the fields of British colonial history, political economy and macroeconomics. He has previously studied for an MA in Economics at IIT Madras in India, and a research MSc in Economic History at the LSE.

Dominic Reed (University of Glasgow)

Dominic Reed is a first year PhD student on a Leverhulme-funded project looking at the relationship between medical confidentiality and domestic violence.   Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, he completed an undergraduate degree in medical biochemistry at the University of Leeds followed by a master’s degree in the History of Medicine at the University of Glasgow.

Joshua Rhodes (University of Exeter)
Rhodes pic

Josh is an ESRC funded PhD student at the University of Exeter researching agrarian capitalism and farm sizes from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.  He holds an MA in History and an MRes in Economic and Social History from the University of Exeter.  He is particularly interested in definitions of capitalism and the use of historical GIS.  He is currently undertaking a six month placement at Clinton Devon Estates which involves researching and writing the history of their estate.  Twitter: @joshrhodes12

Maria Rizou (King's College London)
Rizou picMaria Rizou was born in Greece.  She is a third year PhD student in Economic and Social History at King’s College of London.  She is currently working towards her PhD thesis under the supervision of both Professor Roderick Beaton and Professor David McLean.  Her academic interests are in the broad area of refugee flows in the 20th century and especially after the World War I period.  Banking systems, governmental policy and diplomacy of the 20th century also form part of her academic interests and of her PhD dissertation.  She conducts research in the Bank of England, Hambros Bank, National Bank of Greece and the Europeans Union Archives, analysing economic, political and diplomatic documents of the 20th century.

Jacopo Sartori (University of Cambridge)
Sartori picJacopo is an MPhil student at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.  His current research explores the impact of public banking on regional economic development in the Western Mediterranean in the 15th and 16th centuries.  More broadly, his interests cover different aspects of European Economic History such as history of banking, financial history, institutional development and central banking policies. Another important aspect of his research is the study of Medieval Economic Rationality through the application of behavioural models of Game Theory and Rational Choice Theory to the historical analysis of primary evidence. He previously studied at the Università Cà Foscari of Venice, earning a BA in History. More information can be found here.

Joseph Stanley (Sheffield Hallam University)
StanleyJoe is a PhD student at Sheffield Hallam University. His doctoral research situates the Yorkshire miners (1811-80) in the context of protest, politics and work, through utilising modern methodologies such as the politics of everyday resistance, space and place, and the ‘makeshift economy'.  He has previously studied at the University of Durham (Van Mildert College) and the University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College).  Joe is also a fully qualified secondary school teacher.

Mark Stoddart (Northumbria University)
StoddartMark is a part-time PhD student at Northumbria University. He holds a BA (Hons) in Politics from Newcastle University, as well as an MBA and an MA in Local History, both from the Open University. These were gained during a long career in business and IT management, which informs his current research into the Political and Social Construction of Work in North Eastern Engineering Industries.

Louise Tingle (Cardiff University)
TingleLouise is a second year PhD student in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University, studying the patronage and networks of fourteenth-century royal women, with a particular focus on Philippa of Hainault, Anne of Bohemia and Joan of Kent. She also holds an MA in Medieval British Studies and a BA in History and Ancient History from Cardiff University.

Gaspare Tortorici (Trinity College Dublin)
Gaspare Tortorici is a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His research sits at the crossroads between economic history and migration economics; it revolves around the age of mass migration and spans approximately 70 years, from the 1850s to the early 1920s.  His PhD is funded by the Irish Research Council.  He has been a visiting researcher at the Paris School of Economics and holds an MSc in Economics from the University of St Andrews.  His personal website can be found here.

Robert Yee (Vanderbilt University)
YeeRobert Yee is an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University. His research interests include: the history of chartered companies, early corporate governance structures, and debt/equity capital markets. He is a contributor to several financial history projects at the Center for Financial Stability. He is also the current Editor in Chief (2016-2017) of the Vanderbilt Historical Review, an academic journal of history.

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