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From John Thomson and Adolphe Smith, ‘Street Life in London’, 1877. Source: LSE Library Flickr

I am a social historian of food and cities in early modern Europe.

Between 2016 and 2019 I completed a PhD in history at Birkbeck, University of London. My thesis, ‘Selling food in the streets of London, c. 1600–1750’, considered the work and  significance of poor women and men selling fish, oysters, fruit, vegetables and ready-to-eat snacks, beyond the markets and shops of the formal economy. The research argued for an alternative history of England’s fast-growing capital, a history that accounted for the poor, suburban lives and less regulated labour experienced by most Londoners.

In 2019–20 I hold the Economic History Society’s Anniversary Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. I am working on articles about immigrant food practices in London and the licensing of street vendors in Naples and London.

Publications:

‘Moral marketplaces: regulating food markets in late Elizabethan and early Stuart London’, Urban History (forthcoming)

‘Consider the oyster seller: street hawkers and gendered stereotypes in early modern London’, History Workshop Journal, 88 (2019), pp. 1–23

‘Local and global foodways’, ‘The art of street food’, and ‘Eating out and eating outside’, in Melissa Calaresu and Vicky Avery (eds.), Feast & Fast: The Art of Food in Europe 1500–1800 (London, 2019), pp. 59–60, 98–101, 178–79