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Penelope Ismay

assistant professor

Penelope Ismay

Telephone: (617) 552-2142

Office: Stokes Hall, Room S359

Email: penelope.ismay@bc.edu

EDUCATION

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2010

 
FIELDS OF INTEREST

Early Modern and Modern European social history, Britain and the British empire; social history of the economy; urbanization and migration; and modernity.

 
ACADEMIC PROFILE

Professor Ismay is interested in how the radical changes associated with modernity were made socially meaningful in Britain and around the world.  Her current project examines the surprising ways in which Britons used friendly societies to navigate the new social landscape of rapidly growing urban centers in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  She is interested in teaching courses on early modern and modern Britain and its empire, revolution and social trust in modern Europe; money and credit, and sociability and associational life.


REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

“Between Providence and Risk: Odd Fellows, Benevolence and the Social Limits of Actuarial Science, 1820s – 1880s,” Past and Present, (forthcoming).