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James Bowen

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Career Details

I completed a BA in History at Lancaster University including an Erasmus exchange at the University of Copenhagen, before pursuing an MA in English Local History at the University of Leicester. Returning to Lancaster, my doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Angus Winchester, examines the governance and management of common land in Shropshire between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. I currently hold an Economic History Society Junior Research Fellowship (Tawney) at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London for 2012-13.

Research Interests

My principal research interests include the rural agrarian history of the British Isles, landscape studies and local and regional history, ranging chronologically from the sixteenth through to the nineteenth centuries.

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Current Research

Postdoctoral research broadens the geographical scope of my doctoral work and explores the local impact of cottagers and squatting on common land. The main direction of future research will be to consider the historic governance of rural communities, highlighting parallels between parochial and manorial administration.

Current Teaching


Previous teaching experience includes:

Graduate Teaching Assistant, History 100: From the Medieval to the Modern: History and Historians (HIST 100), 2009-10 2010-11, 2011-12, Lancaster University; Lecture for International Summer Programme, 2010, Lancaster University; Contribution to special subject on the Annales School and French Rural history (HIST 356), Lancaster University, 2011; Invited to deliver a session as part of the Certificate in Local History course/HIS-10036: Modern Local History c.1750, Keele University, 7 February 2013.

I am currently available for teaching for the academic year 2013-14.


Additional Information

Member of the British Agricultural History Society, the Economic History Society and the British Association for Local History.

Research Grants

Lancaster Pamphlets Fund Research Studentship, 2009-12

Economic History Society Tawney Fellowship 2012-13, Institute of Historical Research, University of London

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