Reader in History, University of Hertfordshire

I am Reader in History and Associate Dean Research in the School of Humanities. 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.

My publications include articles in History, Financial History Review, Economic History Review and Histoire et Mesure 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.


  • –present
    Reader in History, University of Hertfordshire