Academic

Education

Ph.D. (October 2016 – exp. early 2020)  Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, History ‘Food and Religion in the English and Italian Reformations, c. 1560 – c. 1640’ Funded by a full AHRC-DTP-Levy Plumb scholarship

MPhil (September 2015 – June 2016) Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, Early Modern History ‘Food and Protestantism in Elizabethan England, c. 1558-1603’ Grade: Distinction

BA (Hons) (September 2012 – July 2015) University of Warwick, History (Renaissance History stream) ‘Prescribing the “Holy Body”: Understanding Nuns’ Bodies in Renaissance Florence and Venice, c. 1400- c. 1650’ Grade: First Class Honours

Publications

Reforming Food and Eating in Protestant England, c. 1560 – c. 1640’, The Historical Journal  [Online, 2019: doi:10.1017/S0018246X19000426], pp. 1- 21.

‘Food and Religious Identities in the Venetian Inquisition, c. 1560 – c. 1640’, Renaissance Quarterly [Forthcoming, 2020].

‘Food Gifts and Exchange’, ‘Food and the Seven Deadly Sins’, ‘Sharing Food and Charitable Giving’, ‘Trencher from an Accouchement Set’, ‘Special Diets for the Life Cycle’, in  Melissa Calaresu and Victoria Avery (eds.), Feast & Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500 – 1800 (Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2019).  

‘As thy body stands in need of food, so doth thy soule also’: Food and Religion in Richard Bernard’s 1616 handbook’, Graduate Journal of Food Studies, 5 (2018), no. 2.

Conferences and Seminar Organisation

Co-organiser of conference ‘Waste Not, Want Not: Food and Thrift from Antiquity to the Present’ September 2019

Organiser of conference ‘Food and Faith in the Early Modern World’ November 2018

Co-organiser of conference ‘Food and Embodied Identities in the Early Modern and Modern World, c. 1500 – c. 2000’ June 2018

Co-founder and convener of AHRC-funded interdisciplinary student group ‘Cambridge Body and Food Histories‘ 2017-9

Co-organiser of workshop ‘Body and Consumption History’ May 2017

Teaching

I have experience supervising, teaching seminar groups, and lecturing at the University of Cambridge in the following papers: 

Part I: Paper 9 – British Economic and Social History, c. 1500-1750

Part I: Paper 4 – British Political History 1485-1714

Part I: Paper 14: Material Culture in the Early Modern World 

Part II: Paper H – Food and Drink in Britain and the Wider World, c. 1550 – 1800 

Part II: Historical Argument and Practice

I have also jointly run a history for schools event, aimed at KS2 (7 – 11 year olds) students. 

Professional Activities

Christ’s College MCR, Ents Officer 2018-9

Graduate Digital Communications Coordinator for Early Modern History, University of Cambridge 2017-9

Editor at Doing History in Public , public history blog at University of Cambridge 2015-7 

Languages

English (native), Italian, Spanish, Latin


– Please email me (erb54@cam.ac.uk) if you’d like to see my full CV –