Historian Phillipp Schofield elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences


PROFESSOR Phillipp Schofield has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Schofield is Professor of Medieval History at Aberystwyth University, and is an internationally acclaimed researcher in medieval, economic and social history. He is the forty-second social scientist to be elected as a Fellow by the Academy.

His academic career first started at UCL with a degree in ancient and medieval history, and continued with the completion of his doctorate at the University of Oxford in 1992. After a short period of time spent working as a lawyer in a city law firm, Schofield then returned to Oxford in 1993 as a researcher in the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine. 1996 showed his movement to Cambridge and the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure; he started working in Aberystwyth University two years later, before becoming head of the department in 2002.

He is currently participating in the Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, researching the Great Famine in early fourteenth-century England, and is publishing a volume entitled Peasants and Historians: the historiography of the medieval English peasantry for Manchester University Press later this year.

Professor Schofield expressed his delight at being elected as a Fellow, and said:

“As a medieval historian, my involvement in the social sciences comes from two main directions. In my own work, which is directed mostly at the study of rural society in the middle ages, I focus in particular on topics that have a wider application within social science. So, themes such as the social and economic response to crisis and population change are central to a great deal of what I do, as is an interest in the use of law in past societies.

Secondly, but also importantly for me, my work as an editor of two leading journals (Continuity and Change, 1999-2011; Economic History Review, 2011-present) and of an international series on agrarian society, is closely associated with a social science agenda within the study of history.

I see my own appointment as fellow of the Academy as an opportunity to help foster social scientific work, especially within history – and certainly not least within medieval history – and to encourage activity that supports research and learning in this important area of our historical understanding.”

Professor Martyn Powell of the Department of History and Welsh History commented:

“We are delighted to hear this news. Phillipp has been a key figure in this department – leading it for ten years – as well as being one of the most important social and economic historians working today.”