Lewis Wade



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: History

I am the lead convenor for the Institute of Historical Research's Partnership Seminar series Risk and Uncertainty in the Premodern World. For more information on this series, please see our website and/or our Twitter page.

I am a fourth-year doctoral student, working within the transnational project 'Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalisation (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries)'. My research is being supported by the European Research Council, under the supervision of Prof. Maria Fusaro and Dr Nandini Chatterjee.

My dissertation, entitled 'Privilege at a Premium: Insurance, Maritime Law and Political Economy in Early Modern France, 1664-c. 1710’, reflects my broader research interests. These centre primarily on early modern commerce and law in the Mediterranean world, with a particular enthusiasm for the experiences of France, England and the Ottoman Empire in the seventeenth century.

I previously studied at Christ's College, Cambridge, where I graduated with first-class honours in my BA in 2016. My undergraduate dissertation, entitled 'The English Levant Company in the age of Ottoman crisis, c. 1620-1660', was written under the supervision of Dr Helen Pfeifer. It was awarded the Alan Coulson Prize for its distinctive contribution to the field of British imperial history. During my time at Christ's - where I was elected to college scholarship - I was also the recipient of the Levy-Plumb Prize and the Mrs Vincent Astor Prize for the strength of my academic performance.