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Amy Erickson PhD

Senior Research Associate, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure (based at History)

Historian of gendered economic, social and legal structures in early modern England



  • BA in Social Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
  • PhD in History, University of Cambridge (thesis awarded Ellen McArthur Prize for Economic History)


Selected publications:

  • Mistresses and marriage; or, A short history of the Mrs‘, Cambridge Working Papers in Economic & Social History 8, forthcoming in History Workshop Journal 77 (Spring 2014).
  • Marital status and economic activity: interpreting spinsters, wives, and widows in pre-census population listings‘, Cambridge Working Papers in Economic & Social History 7, 2012.
  • Eleanor Mosley and other milliners in the City of London companies 1700-1750‘, History Workshop Journal 71, 2011, 147-72.
    Earlier and longer version at
  • Review article: ‘Women’s work in the eighteenth century’, Reviews in History 2009,
  • Review article: ‘What shall we do about the servants?’, History Workshop Journal 67 (1), 2009, 277-86.
  • ‘Married women’s occupations in eighteenth-century London’, Continuity & Change 23 (2), 2008, 267-307.
  • ‘The marital economy in comparative perspective’ in Maria Ă…gren and A. L Erickson (eds) The Marital Economy in Scandinavia and Britain 1400-1900 (Ashgate, Jan 2005), 3-20.
  • ‘Coverture and capitalism’, History Workshop Journal 59, Spring 2005, 1-16.
  • ‘Possession — and the other one tenth of the law’, Women’s History Review, Autumn 2005, 369-86.
  • ‘Using probate accounts’, in Nesta Evans and Tom Arkell (eds) When Death Do Us Part: Understanding and Interpreting the Probate Records of Early Modern England (Local Population Studies, 2000)
  • ‘Property law and English widows, 1660-1840’, in Widowhood in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. Sandra Cavallo and Lyndan Warner (Longman, 1999)
  • ‘Common law versus common practice: The use of marriage settlements in early modern England’, reprinted in Law in History vol. II, ed David Sugarman, in The International Library of Essays in Law and Legal Theory (Dartmouth, 1996), from Economic History Review 43:1 (1990)
  • ‘Family, household, and community’, in The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor and Stuart England, ed. John Morrill (Oxford University Press, 1996)
  • Women and Property in Early Modern England (Routledge 1993, pb 1995)
  • ‘Introduction’ to Alice Clark’s Working Life of Women in the Seventeenth Century (Routledge, 1992), viii-lv.

External activities

  • Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
  • Advisory Committtee, British Academy Hearth Tax Project
  • Council, British Record Society
  • Co-convenor, Institute of Historical Research Women’s History Seminar
  • Prize Committee, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
  • University & Life Experience Online Archive project