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Dr Hillary Taylor

Fellow, Director of Studies for Harvard Exchange (Lent and Easter Terms)
Lecturer in Early Modern British Social and Economic History (Fixed Term)

Dr Hillary Taylor is a Lecturer in the Faculty of History and a Fellow of Jesus College. 

Degrees obtained

  • BA, Brown University.
  • MA, Yale University.
  • PhD, Yale University.


I have broad interests in the social, economic, and legal history of Britain and the Atlantic world, c. 1500-1750, and am currently working on a book about social relations and the class politics of language in early modern England. After receiving my PhD from Yale in 2016, I was a Research Fellow for three years at Jesus.

Publications, links and resources

  • ‘Labourers, Legal Aid, and the Limits of Popular Legalism in Star Chamber,’ in Star Chamber Matters: The Court and its Records, ed. Krista Kesselring and Natalie Mears (University of London Press, forthcoming 2021).
  • ‘The Price of the Poor’s Words: Social Relations and the Economics of Deposing for One’s “Betters” in Early Modern England’, Economic History Review 72:3 (2019), pp. 828-847.
  • ‘"Branded on the Tongue”: Rethinking Plebeian Inarticulacy in Early Modern England’, Radical History Review 121 (2015), pp. 91-105.

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