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Dr Ellen Paterson

Roles and subjects

Lecturer in History



Academic Background

I studied for my undergraduate degree in History at the University of Durham. I completed both my Masters and DPhil. at Lincoln College, Oxford.

I am currently a Stipendiary Lecturer at Mansfield and Oriel colleges, as well as a Lecturer at Jesus.

Undergraduate Teaching

I teach British History 4 (1500-1700), European and World History III (1400-1650), The Trials of the Tudor State, Witchcraft and witch-hunting in early modern Europe, Approaches to History, and Disciplines with History.

Research Interests

I am especially interested in the intersection between political and economic history, and the role of popular politics and petitioning activity in early Stuart England.


  • E. Paterson, ‘Corruption, Conspiracy, and Collusion: Anti-Monopoly Petitioning in the Parliament of 1621’, Parliamentary History (forthcoming 2023).
  • E. Paterson, ‘The Politics of Starch: Guilds, Monopolies, and Petitioning in Late Elizabethan and Early Stuart London’, London Journal (2022), pp. 30-46.


Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College:

See also Faculty of History website.