Associate Professorship (or Professorship) in Economic and Social History

Associate Professorship (or Professorship) in Economic and Social History

We are seeking a highly motivated, inspirational person to join our thriving academic community of historians and social scientists, and bring exciting perspectives to the teaching and study of Economic and Social History.  Economic History is a flourishing area of study in Oxford, with a team of six colleagues spread across History and Economics, headed by three Statutory Professors: in History, Sheilagh Ogilvie, Chichele Professor of Economic History, and Catherine Schenk, Professor of Economic and Social History; and in Economics, Stephen Broadberry, Professor of Economic History. Social-science-oriented history is a major focus for this group and also for many other scholars in the History Faculty, the Oriental Institute, and the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies.  As part of the Economic and Social History team, you will have the opportunity to develop courses for both undergraduate and graduate students and the freedom to develop your own research ideas and projects, working with colleagues across the University and beyond.  You will take part in the running and teaching of our highly successful MSc and MPhil in Economic and Social History, and will also be a member of the Oxford Centre for Economic and Social History.   

We are looking for someone who will make a distinctive contribution to our Economic and Social History team, and help develop a strategic vision for the future of Economic and Social History in Oxford. We seek a person with expertise in any aspect of Economic or Social History that is underpinned by social science methodologies and a grasp of economic processes. We would particularly welcome applicants whose work explores gender, migration, poverty, inequality, political economy, finance, climate and/or the environment, or economic growth, but applicants with any research specialism in the Economic and Social History of any period are welcome. We would especially like to encourage applications from women and people of colour, who have been historically under-represented in Oxford. 

The appointee will be a member of the Faculty of History, and a Fellow of All Souls College.

The post is tenable from 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.  The contract is for five years in the first instance, then reappointment to retirement upon completion of a successful review. 

The postholder will be required to hold a doctorate and have an internationally-recognised track record of research and academic activity within the field of Economic and Social History, informed by social-science methodologies and demonstrating a grasp of economic processes, at a level appropriate to the career stage and individual circumstances.

Enquiries about the post should be addressed to the Chair of the History Faculty Board, Professor John Watts (email: or telephone: +44 (0) 1865 615005) or the Chichele Professor of Economic History, Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie (email:   

All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence and will not form part of the selection decision.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon (UK time) on Friday 16 April 2021.  Interviews are expected to take place in May 2021, and may be online.

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