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Professor Jane Humphries

University Academic Fellow since 1998
Professor of Economic History
Jane Humphries published two refereed articles and edited and introduced two special issues of journals. Three book chapters are in press. Research using working women’s autobiographies based on her ESRC funded Memories of Industriousness: The Industrial Revolution and the Household Economy is ongoing. New projects include: women’s wages in the very long run (with Jacob Weisdorf); and trends in consumption from records of burglary and housebreaking (with Sara Horrell). She is an editor, with Roderick Floud and Paul Johnson, of a new edition of the Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain (forthcoming). She is the Chair of the History Faculty Board.


  • University Academic Fellow, All Souls College (from 1998)
  • University Lecturer, then Reader (1995-98) in Economics and Economic History, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge (from 1980 to 1998)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA (from 1973 to 1979)
  • Postgraduate, Cornell University (from 1970 to 1973)
  • Undergraduate, Newnham College, Cambridge (from 1967 to 1970)

Research interests

  • Economic history
  • Growth and development
  • Labour markets
  • Child labour in the British industrial revolution
  • History of women’s work
  • Relationship between the family and the economy
  • Gender and economics


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Research awards and grants