Dr Samantha Williams


Research Themes

I am interested in the history of poverty in England in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I have written two books:

Unmarried motherhood in the metropolis, 1700-1850: pregnancy, the poor law and provision (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

Poverty, gender and life-cycle under the English poor law, 1760-1834 (Boydell and Brewer, 2011).


I really enjoy teaching first and second-year historians ‘British economic and social history, 1700-1914’ and I focus upon the industrial revolution. I also teach ‘Historical argument and practice’: a course which involves both theory and themes in history, such as gender and race.


Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

T. S. Ashton Prize from the Economic History Society for ‘Poor Relief, Labourers’ Households and Living Standards in Rural England c.1770-1834: a Bedfordshire case-study’, Economic History Review LVIII (2005), pp.485-519.

College Role

Official Fellow

Degrees, Awards and Prizes

BA (Lancaster), MSc, PhD.