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Amy's doctoral research explores the roles and reputations of female ale sellers in seventeenth century south west England. It focuses on female occupational identity and officeholding and presents the alewife as a governor of a key local institution. Her methodologies are heavily influenced by scholars of early modern women's work, as well as early modern history's recent 'drinking turn'. 

The project is supported by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. Her supervisory team consists of Dr. Mark Hailwood at the University of Bristol (who supervised her History MA), and Professor Jane Whittle at the University of Exeter. 

In January 2021, the University of Bristol nominated her MA dissertation, 'Group petitioning and the performance of neighbourliness in early modern Worcestershire', for the Royal History Society's national Rees Davies Prize. In July 2021, she was named Proxime Accessit for the said Prize. 

As a keen advocate for public history, she is producing materials about Black life in early modern England for secondary schools (with the support of the University of Bristol's Brigstow Institute). She is also working with Falmouth Town Council on a major restoration project, where she leads academic research into one of Historic England's Top 10 places 'worth saving' (Faith and Belief category). 

She is happy to hear from any MA students who are considering applying to do a PhD, and her email address can be found on this page. 


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