Professor Amanda Vickery
Professor in Early Modern History
I was born and raised in Preston, Lancashire. Growing up in a matriarchal mill town where wives historically worked out of the house as well as in, fostered my love of social and economic history, and fascination with the warp and woof of work and family, power and emotion. Truth to tell, life in a cotton town also inspired a life-long love of clothes.
I have wide interests in the history of British society and culture, gender and family, words and objects.
- The history of women and men
- love and power
- Consumerism and fashion
- Objects and space
- Art and architecture
- The Georgians
- Post war British society and culture
- Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England (link is external) (Yale University Press, 2009) A history book of the year in the Independent, Guardian, New York Times, Scottish Herald, History Today. Short listed for the Hessel-Tiltman History Prize.
- The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England (link is external) (Yale University Press, 1998)
- Winner of the Whitfield prize, the Wolfson prize and the Longman-History Today prize.
- Ed, Gender, Taste and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830 (link is external) (Studies in British Art, Yale University Press, 2006).
- Ed, Women Privilege and Power: British Politics, 1750 to the Present (link is external) (Stanford University Press, 2001)
- Mutton Dressed as Lamb? Fashioning Age in Georgian England’, Journal of British Studies (link is external), 2013,
- ‘Fashioning Difference in Georgian England: Furniture for Him and for Her’ in Paula Findlen (ed), Early Modern Things: Objects and Their Histories, 1500-1800 (link is external) (London: Routledge, 2012)
- ‘The Theory and Practice of Female Accomplishment’, in Mark Laird and Alicia Weisberg-Roberts (eds), Mrs Delany and her Circle (link is external) (Yale Center for British Art, Yale University Press, 2009). Winner of the 30th Annual George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award given by the Art Libraries Society of North America; Winner of the First Place in the category of Exhibition Catalogues (over $10), given by the New England Museum Association
- ‘An Englishman’s House is His Castle? Privacies, Boundaries and Thresholds in the Eighteenth-Century London House’, Past and Present (link is external) (2008), 199 (2008), pp. 147-73.
- ‘His and Hers: Gender, Consumption and Household Accounting in 18th century England’, in Lyndal Roper and Ruth Harris (eds), The Art of Survival: Essays in Honour of Olwen Hufton (link is external) (Past and Present, 2006)., pp. 12-38
- 'S'il vous plait, Brulez cela afin qu'aucun oeil mortel ne puisse le voir: les secrets des sources feminines', in Jean-Pierre Bardet et Francois-Joseph Ruggiu (eds), Au plus pres du secret des coeurs? Nouvelle lectures historiques des ecrits du for privé en Europe du XVIe au XVIIIe siecle (link is external) (Presses de l'universite Paris Sorbonne, 2005)
- 'Golden Age to Separate Spheres: A Review of the Categories and Chronology of English Women's History', Historical Journal (link is external), 36, 2 (1993), pp. 383-414. The most downloaded & most cited article on their website. Republished 2007 in the Historical Journal’s 50th edition of ’20 classic papers’.
I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:
- The history of objects, consumerism and dress, homes and space,
- Women, men and gender since the late Middle Ages
- Archival research on unusual sources