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Dr David Hitchcock - ePortfolio

Associate Fellow, Warwick Department of History

Lecturer in early modern history, Canterbury Christ Church University

Welcome to my electronic research portfolio. I submitted my PhD thesis and successfully defended it on January 14, 2013. I held an early career post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Warwick, Institute of Advanced Studies in 2012-13, and am now an Associate Fellow of the Warwick History Department in addition to holding a lectureship at Canterbury Christ Church University. This summer I will be visiting the Huntington Library in California as a Research Fellow for three months.

Broadly speaking, my research interests are 'early modern', though I would be considered a very late early modernist by most scholars, as my research expertise drops off sharply before about 1550 or so. My personal areas of interest are: vagrancy, subsistence mobility and mobility more broadly, mendacity, forced migration, comparative social history, the cultural history of poverty, the history of summary justice and master/servant law, and the history of penal transportation.

My doctoral work focused on the social and cultural history of vagrancy in England, between 1650 and 1750. I have published on local migration, justice, and vagrancy in England in Rural History (21:3, 2012), and authored an annotated bibliography on poverty in the English Atlantic for Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford Bibliographies Online). I have guest edited a special issue of Rural History (CUP), which is available online as of April 2013. I have a book under contract with Bloomsbury academic press, slated for April 2015, entitled 'Vagrancy in English Culture and Society, 1650-1750'.

I am in the planning stages of a new project which examines the 'problems of mobility in the early modern English Atlantic'. I want to compare the mobility of vagrants and enslaved peoples, and assess why the mechanisms and structures of control surrounding both groups appear so eerily similar to present sensibilities. The project would broadly cover the 'English' Atlantic betwen 1650 and 1800.

If you have a particular interest in my work, or questions about teaching, you are always welcome to contact me by email david dot hitchcock at canterbury dot ac dot uk.

Jovial Crew Ballad

Curriculum Vitae


2009-2012, PhD in History, University of Warwick, submitted September 28th 2012. Title: ‘The Experience and Construction of the Vagabond in England, 1650-1750.’ Viva passed: 14 January 2013.

2007-2009, Master of Arts in History (Thesis), University of Ottawa. Defended in September, 2009, Recommended for prize. Title: ‘“A Restraint of Their Debauchery”: Poverty, Power, and Social Policy in Augustan England, 1688-1723.’

2003-2007, Bachelor of Arts in History (Honours), University of Ottawa, graduated Magna Cum Laude.


2012-2013: Seminar Tutor: Making History (HI175)

2012-2013: Part-time Lecturer and Seminar Tutor: The European World (HI203).

2011-2012: Part-time Lecturer, Module Convener and Seminar tutor for English Social History (H209), Department of History, University of Warwick.

2010-2011: Seminar Tutor for English Social History (HI209), Department of History, University of Warwick.

2007-2009: Teaching Assistant, Department of History, University of Ottawa, for ‘The History of Western Europe 1500-1800’ (Year 2), ‘Global History since 1900’ (Year 1).

Peer-reviewed Publications:

In Print:

‘A Typology of Travellers: Migration, Justice, and Vagrancy in Warwickshire, 1670-1730’, Rural History, 23:1 (April, 2012); pp. 21-39.

‘Poverty in the Early Modern English Atlantic’, in Trevor Burnard (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History (New York: Oxford University Press, Available Online),

‘Introduction: Poverty and Mobility in England, 1600-1850’, in David Hitchcock (Guest Editor), ‘Idle and Disorderly Persons’, a Rural History Special Issue (Forthcoming in April 2013).

In Preparation:

‘Health, Morality, and Deception in early modern English “Rogue Ballads”’, Target: Cultural and Social History, 2013.

Scholarships and Fellowships:

2012-2013: An Institute of Advanced Study Early Career Postdoctoral Fellow – University of Warwick.

2010-2011: A Humanities Research Centre Fellow – University of Warwick.

2010-2011: The Economic History Society Conference Grant

2007-2009: University of Ottawa Graduate Scholarship.

2009-2012: The Warwick Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

2009: The Dean’s Graduate Scholarship – University of Ottawa.

2009: The SSHRC Joseph-Bombardier Canada Doctoral Scholarship (cannot be held overseas).

Editorial Responsibilities:

Hitchcock, David (Guest Editor). ‘Idle and Disorderly Persons’, a Rural History Special Issue (April 1 2013).

Hitchcock, David (ed.), et al. ‘Proceedings of the 2011 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference.’ The Newberry Library Centre for Renaissance Studies. Chicago: The Newberry Library, 2011. Available Online.

Refereed Conference and Seminar Papers:

April 16, 2013: The Future of History from Below, Birkbeck, University of London. Title: ‘Experience, Construction, and the Fragments of Lives: Case-Studies of Vagrancy in England, 1650-1750.’

March 25-27, 2013: The Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Leeds. Title: ‘Health, Deception, Poverty, and Morality in early modern English Rogue Ballads.’

June 2-3, 2012: The Shakespeare Institute British Graduate Conference, Stratford-Upon-Avon. Title: ‘The poor as Farce, then as tragedy: Vagrancy in ballads from cunning rogues to King Lear’.

May 20th 2011: The Institute of Historical Research, London. Title: ‘Demography, Vagrancy, and Migration: Some Evidence from Warwickshire, 1670-1730.’ Seminar series: ‘The Economic and Social History of the Pre-modern World, 1500 – 1800’.

September 7-8th 2011: Annual Conference of the Food and Drink Network, University of Wolverhampton. Title: ‘Fraught Refuge? Poverty, Mobility and Alehouses in England in the 17th and 18th Centuries.’

December 3-5, 2010: University of Manchester: ‘Migration, Demography, and Local Justice in England, 1650-1750, at the Economic History Society Residential Training Course.

Networks, Conferences Organised, Public Engagement:

‘The Cultural Force of Homelessness’ a ‘Now and Then’ Podcast for the Early Modern Forum, available online:

March 12 2011: Conference Chair, ‘Idle and Disorderly Persons: The Representations and Realities of the Mobile Poor in Early Modern England’ at the University of Warwick.

January 2-5, 2011: Conference organiser and editor of proceedings for The Newberry Library Graduate Conference, held at the Newberry Library, Chicago.

April 2-3, 2009: Conference Chair of the 5th Annual Pierre Savard Conference, held at the University of Ottawa.

2008-2009: Vice-President (External) of the History Graduate Student Association (University of Ottawa).

Member of the Warwick Drinking Studies Network (WSDN):

Academic Referees:

Professor Mark Knights, University of Warwick:

Professor Emeritus Bernard Capp, University of Warwick:

Dr. Steve Hindle, W.M. Keck Director of Research, the Huntington Library:

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Specialization: English Social History

on Twitter: @Hitchcockian Profile

Professor Steve Hindle
Professor Mark Knights

Contact Me

Email: david dot hitchcock at Canterbury dot ac dot uk

A London Tinker

A Tinker from a commonplace facsimilie of Marcellus Laroon's Cryes of London.
This version is from 1796.

Hogarth Idle Prentice at play

William Hogarth's Idle Prentice at Play in the Church-yard.