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.
Maylis Avaro (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies)
Maylis 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.
Erin Bramwell (Lancaster University)
Erin is an ESRC-funded PhD student in History at Lancaster University. Her current research focuses on the socio-economic motivations for patent medicine usage in early to mid-twentieth-century Britain. This research specifically analyses the spaces and systems that motivated such usage, with special reference to the role of trust, reputation, and different types of health authorities. Erin is also the co-founder of the North West Medical Humanities PG Network. Twitter: erinebramwell
Tom Buckley (University of Reading)
Tom 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.
Jessica Campbell (University of Edinburgh)
Jessica is an ESRC-funded student within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. Her current research focuses on the relationship between madness, creativity and experience with a primary emphasis on the patient’s view. Her 2018 MScR thesis entitled ‘The Boundaries of Madness’ explored the notion of space and identity through an examination of the patient-produced writings of nineteenth and twentieth-century Scottish asylum magazines. Her doctoral project ‘From Moral Treatment to Mad Culture’ seeks to extend upon the interconnected themes of creativity and patient expression through a historical enquiry into the nature of alternative psychiatric therapies in Britain since 1840.
Sergio Castellanos-Gamboa (Bangor University)
Sergio 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)
Cédric 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.
Enrique de la Rosa-Ramos (King's College London)
Enrique is a PhD candidate in Development Studies at King’s College London working under the supervision of Paul Segal and Ingrid Bleynat. His main research focuses on living standards (real wages), inequality, and economic development in Mexico in the twentieth century by constructing a novel dataset from 1897 to 1980. He holds an MSc degree in Economics from Tulane University at New Orleans and a BA in Economics from the Universidad de las Américas Puebla-México (UDLAP). He has also been a Research Associate of the CEQ Institute since 2016.
Luise Elsaesser (European University Institute, [EUI] Florence)
Luise is a PhD researcher in Economic History at the European University Institute, Florence. She holds a BA in History from the University of Konstanz, Germany, and an MSc in History from the University of Edinburgh. Her current research focuses on the declining markets using the case study of the disappearing horse markets in the UK between the 1870s and 1950s. She is interested in processes of transforming and declining markets as well as its impact on individual actors. Other fields of interest include: global trade flows, capitalism, the history of economic ideas, and sport history.
Duncan Gager (Institute of Historical Research)
Duncan is a PhD student at the Institute of Historical Research, part of the University of London's School of Advanced Study. His research interests lie in the transformation of British social, economic and cultural life wrought by transport developments in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. He originally graduated with a BA in History from Durham University, but then trained and worked as an accountant in the financial services sector. He later returned to academia and graduated with an MA in History in 2017.
Steph Gillett (University of Bristol)
Steph began his PhD in the University of Bristol’s history department in 2018 on retiring from the heritage sector. He undertook a Master’s in industrial heritage with the Ironbridge Institute and was awarded an MSocSc by the University of Birmingham in 1999. Steph’s research concerns the development of the British railway system during the nineteenth century. He is particularly interested in identifying the factors that determined which of the many proposed railways came to fruition. This research will consider economic, commercial, political, social, topographical, and technological factors.
Tom Heritage (University of Southampton)
Tom 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.
Mark Hoskin (SOAS)
Mark is an MA student in Taiwan Studies at SOAS, University of London who is currently in the write up phase of his dissertation. This seeks to consider the drawing of the ROC's 1947 11-Dash Line in the South China Sea through a historic basis. Beginning September 2018 in the Doctoral School of SOAS, he will continue to research historic trade patterns through East Asia in consideration of questions concerning the unintended consequences of US and UK domestic policies on China's economy while the country has been affected by periods of conflict during early modern globalisation and global connectivity. A Fellow of The Royal Asiatic Society and a member of The Royal Institute of International Affairs, his interests in the East Asia region and its effects on the world began to mature while a ship's and mechanical engineer working with companies in the East Asian region after spending his childhood there.
Tehreem Husain (University College London)
Tehreem is a doctoral candidate at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, UCL. Her research interests lie in infrastructure financing, particularly railways in the first era of globalisation. During this era, railways had an eminent role and were claimed as the principal single determinant of the levels of investment, national income and employment of local and international governments. Her dissertation work explores themes of foreign direct investment and sovereign debt in the railway industry during this period. She is also exploring the impact of these factors on the changing structure of the industry at the turn of the century with many railway companies witnessing consolidation through either mergers or nationalisation. She writes for the business pages of The Express Tribune and for The Property Chronicle.
Andrea Incerpi (University of Siena)
Andrea 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.
Francesco Maccelli (University of Florence)
Francesco is a PhD student in Historical Studies at the University of Florence and Siena. He obtained a BA and an MA in Historical Sciences (Economic History) at the University of Florence (Faculty of Humanities). His research interests are the role of technology in modern economic growth and demographic long-trend in history, referring to the 19th and 20th centuries. He is currently researching the relationship between technology and labour, with a specific focus on the Italian case (1861-2011). Other fields of interest are labour history, history of capitalism and history of economic thought.
Igor Martins (Lund University)
Igor is a PhD student at the department of economic history in Lund University. His research interests are African economic history (with an emphasis on South Africa), slavery and colonial legacies. He is also interested in development economics, institutions and poverty dynamics in both sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. He is currently part of a doctoral project named Cape of Good Hope Panel Project: Quantitative studies of long-term growth, inequality, and labour coercion in a developing region. Within this project, he is mostly interested in slavery and its spillovers through the Cape Colony while focusing on the role of the emancipation of the slaves and its intergenerational effects. His methodological approach benefits from digitized individual level genealogical and tax records covering nearly 200 years of history in the colony, enabling him to work with the most modern data mining and econometric techniques while combining these skills with an extensive historiography already produced for the region. He holds a BA in Economics from São Paulo School of Economics, a MA in Economic History from Lund University. More information can be found here.
Rebecca Mason (University of Glasgow)
Rebecca is a third-year AHRC-funded PhD student in the History department at the University of Glasgow. Her thesis explores the litigating activities of married women in courts in seventeenth-century Glasgow, focusing on their rights to real estate and moveable property in contrasting legal jurisdictions. Her research is funded as part of the UK-wide AHRC project entitled ‘Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice: Britain and Ireland, c.1100-c.1750’. She is a PGR administrative assistant in the Centre for Gender History, and a PGR student representative on the School of Humanities Gender Equality Committee in the University of Glasgow. She holds an MA in Medieval and Early Modern History and a BA in History and English Literature from Queen’s University, Belfast. More broadly, her research interests include: the relationship between gender and economic development, the gendered structures of premodern law, and the impact of gender and marital status when entering law.
Miguel Ángel Ortiz (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid/SciencesPo)
Miguel 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.
Vigyan D Ratnoo (University of York)
Vigyan 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.
Beatriz holds degrees in Economics (BSc) from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) and Economic History (MSc) from London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). She worked as junior lecturer at the School of Management Universidad de los Andes and is currently a member of their History, Business and Entrepreneurship Research Group. She specialises in business history. More specifically, her current research focuses on the evolution of the business system during the twentieth century in Latin America, with a special emphasis on Colombia. However, her interests span many more economic history and entrepreneurship topics, as her past reviews for the NEPHIS Blog show. Co-founder and co-editor of the History, Business, and Entrepreneurship Newsletter, special collaboration with the Business History Studies Network Bulletin.
Alba Roldan (Universitat de Barcelona)
Alba is a PhD student in Economic History at Universitat de Barcelona. Her research focuses on the costs and benefits of the gold standard in the Southern European periphery. She holds a BA in Economics from the Universitat de Barcelona and an MSc in Economic History from the Universitat de Barcelona. She has been researcher and teaching assistant at the University of York. She is particularly interested in the evolution of business cycles and the macroeconomic policies to overcome them. Other fields of interest include: optimal currency areas, financial history, monetary systems and industrial history. More information can be found here.
Jacopo Sartori (University of Cambridge)
Jacopo is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College, and a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society. His current research explores public banking and public finance in Catalonia in the long sixteenth century. More broadly, his interests focus on the history of banking and the approach to the concepts of growth and decline in economic history, as well as to the relationship between creativity and efficiency in the financial development of early modern Europe. He holds a BA in History from the Università Cà Foscari of Venice and an MPhil in Medieval History from the University of Cambridge. More information can be found here.
Benjamin Schneider (University of Oxford)
Ben Schneider is a DPhil Student in the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford. His doctoral research examines the impact of technological change on working lives in Britain and America from c. 1750–1900 using the case studies of spinning and transport. His main research interests are the history of work, measuring the quality of occupations, and the political economy of technological change. He holds a BA in History and Politics from Cornell University and an MSc in Economic and Social History from the University of Oxford.
Greta Seibel (London School of Econmics)
Greta is a PhD student in Economic History at the London School of Economics. Her doctoral research explores the missing middle in Indonesian firm-size distribution and credit gap during the New Order period and the aftermath of the Asian Financial Crisis (1966-2006). Her wider research interests include industrial policies, state-led development and the Asian growth miracle. She holds an MSc in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University.
Guy Solomon (University of Exeter)
Guy is a PhD student in History at the University of Exeter. His current research concerns wage earning in the coal industry during the British Industrial Revolution. His wider research interests include the family economy and child labour. He holds an MSc (by research) in Economic and Social History from the University of York, an MRes in Economic and Social History from the University of Exeter, and a BA (Hons.) in History from the University of Oxford.
Joseph Stanley (Sheffield Hallam University)
Joe 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)
Mark 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.
Homer Wagenaar (Queen's University Belfast)
Homer Wagenaar is a PhD student at Queen's University Management School. He holds an MA in Modern History and International Relations from the University of Groningen. His research covers the law and economics of the Dutch patent system in the nineteenth century, focusing on the Dutch patentless period (1869-1912), when inventors in the Netherlands enjoyed no legal protection for their inventions. His research interests more broadly lie in the historical interrelationships between economics, law and politics.
Alice Whiteoak (University of Hull)
Alice is PhD student in the History department at the University of Hull. Her thesis considers women’s use of the Court of Exchequer in 17th-century England. She is interested in women’s history, the causes of violence and women’s access to law. She is part of the Gender, Place and Memory Research Cluster, President of the Hull History PG Committee and a member of the School’s self-assessment team for the Athena Swan Bronze Award. She holds a double MA in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Hull and Central European University, as part of the GEMMA programme. She is also a board member and treasurer for Hull Women’s Aid.
Robert Yee (Vanderbilt University)
Robert Yee is a PhD student in History at Princeton University (US). His research interests lie in global and financial history, specifically looking at the policies of central banks and financial institutions in the postwar era. He holds a BA in History and Economics from Vanderbilt University and contributes to several financial history projects at the Center for Financial Stability.