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Charles Read

Fellow in Economics and History at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge

Charles Read is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in History and an Affiliated Lecturer in Economics and History at the University of Cambridge. He is also a Fellow, Tutor, College Lecturer and Director of Studies at Corpus Christi College and a Research Associate at the Centre for Financial History at Darwin College.

He has recently published two books: Calming the Storms: the Carry Trade, the Banking School and British Financial Crises Since 1825 (2023) and The Great Famine in Ireland and Britain’s Financial Crisis (2022). His previous research has won the Thirsk-Feinstein PhD Dissertation Prize, the T.S. Ashton Prize, and the New Researcher Prize of the Economic History Society and a prize from the International Economic History Association for the best doctoral dissertation completed in 2015, 2016 or 2017. He has also worked as a writer and editor at The Economist and as a research associate at an investment bank in London.


  • 2018–present
    Fellow, Corpus Christi College