I am Reader in History and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire. I came to academia after spending twelve years working in the City trading interest rate and foreign exchange derivatives. My research focuses on early modern financial markets and investment behaviour and the organisation and management of the 18th-century Bank of England. The former interest has also led to an extensive exploration of the correspondence of the Jeake family of Rye, which, among all sorts of interesting gems, contains a series of letters detailing Samuel Jeake’s use of London’s financial markets during the 1690s.
My publications include articles in History, Financial History Review and Economic History Review and a monograph published by Cambridge University Press entitled The Origins of English Financial Markets: investment and speculation before the South Sea Bubble. My monograph was winner of the Economic History Society’s first monograph prize in 2010.
I am currently finishing a sourcebook for the British Academy Records of Social and Economic History series: The Worlds of the Jeake Family of Rye, 1639-1773. I am also working on a monograph: Virtuous Bankers: a day in the life of the eighteenth-century Bank of England.
I am also Chair of the Economic History Society’s Women’s Committee The Committee’s primary purpose is to promote the careers of women in economic and social history. It also promotes women’s history and feminist approaches to economic and social history. Currently, the Committee runs an annual workshop, a training day, a networking event and a dedicated session at the Annual Conference of the Economic History Society.