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.

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.

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. 

Jessica Campbell (University of Edinburgh)
CampbellJessica 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)
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.

Duncan Gager (Institute of Historical Research)
GagerDuncan Gager 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.

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.

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.

Mark Hoskin (SOAS)
HoskinsMark 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)
HusainTehreem 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.

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.

Rebecca Mason (University of Glasgow)
MasonRebecca 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.

Javier Mejia Cubillos (Los Andes University)
MejiaJavier is a PhD student in economics at Los Andes University and a visiting research fellow at the University of Bordeaux. He is also the Secretary of the Colombian Economic History Association. His dissertation focuses on the role of social networks on modern economic growth. Javier holds a BA in Economics from the University of Antioquia and an MA in Economics from Los Andes University. He was a visiting student researcher at Stanford University in 2016-17. He is specifically interested in economic history, social networks, applied microeconomics, and economic growth. Twitter @javiermejiac

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.

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.

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.

Beatriz Rodriguez-Satizabal
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)
RoldanAlba 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)
Sartori picJacopo 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)
SchneiderBen 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)
SeibelGreta 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)
SolomonGuy 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)
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.

Homer Wagenaar (Queen's University Belfast)
WagenaarHomer 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)
WhiteoakAlice 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)
YeeRobert 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.

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