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Alexandra Sapoznik joined the department in 2012 as Lecturer in Late Medieval History.  She did her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and master’s degree at the University of York.  Her PhD, supervised by Professor John Hatcher, was awarded from the University of Cambridge in 2010.  She previously held a temporary lectureship in the Faculty of History at Cambridge and was a research officer at the London School of Economics. 

Research interests

  • Medieval economic and social history
  • Rural and agrarian history
  • Peasants
  • Diets and standards of living
  • Environmental and economic crises

Alexandra Sapoznik’s research specializes in peasant land use and agricultural productivity in late medieval England.  She is particularly interested in how and why peasants allocated their resources in the ways they did, and the implications of these decisions on peasant standards of living.  Her research also examines the impact of environmental and economic crises on peasant communities.

More broadly, however, she is interested in the economic history of medieval and early modern Europe.  She continues to collaborate on the project for which she was a research officer, ‘Integration and Growth: Capital and Grain Markets in Central Europe in the 14th to 18th centuries’, a Leverhulme-funded project based at the London School of Economics and led by Max-Stephan Schulze and Oliver Volckart.  This project examines how, when, and why markets integrated and the relationship between market integration and economic growth. 

PhD supervision

Dr Sapoznik would particularly welcome applications from research students interested in working on topics related to:

  • Agricultural practices in medieval Britain
  • Landscape, land use and field systems
  • Peasant economic activity
  • Famine and hunger