Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I would be happy to consider applications from anyone interested in studying the social, cultural and economic history of Britain (including Ireland and the American colonies) in the period c.1500-c.1750. Those interested in the following topics are especially encouraged to contact me: Class, Gender and Race (and the intersections between these categories of identity); Work (paid and unpaid); Family Relations; Age and the Life-Cycle; Bodies and Sexualities; Urban History; Migration.

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Personal profile


Tim Reinke-Williams researches the social, economic and cultural history of England in the period c.1500-c.1750, focusing on how gender shaped the beliefs and experiences of women and men.  His first monograph, Women, Work and Sociability in Early Modern London, was published by Palgrave in 2014, and he has published articles in leading peer-reviewed academic journals, including Continuity and Change, Cultural and Social History, Gender and History, History Compass and Social History.  Tim is in the process of editing the Routledge Companion to Masculinity in Early Modern Europe, and his current major research project focuses on everyday attitudes to men's bodies in seventeenth-century England.

This research feeds into three modules for which Tim acts as module leader:

HIS2025: Family and Life-Cycle in Early Modern England (Level 5 - year 2 UG)

HIS3029: Gender and Work in Early Modern England (Level 6 - year 3 UG)

HISM044: Exploring English Society, 1500-1750 (Level 7 - MA)

Research Interests

My research focuses on the social, cultural and economic history of the British world in the period c.1500-1750 CE.  My two main areas of expertise are the history of women's work and of the gendered body, but I have undertaken collaborative research on the history of migration too, as well as editing a volume of essays on the history of shopping.  I am in the process of completing my second monograph, entitled Leaky Bodies: Manhood, Sex and Power in Early Modern England, as well as editing the Routledge Companion to the History of Masculinity in Early Modern Europe and co-editing a volume of essays in honour of my former supervisor, Professor Bernard Capp.  Once these projects are completed I intend to undertake research on women as producers and retailers of alcohol in London and the Home Counties between c.1550 and 1740 CE.

External positions

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Member of the Institute for Historical Research


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