Cooney Family Assistant Professor
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 teaches 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.
Trust Among Strangers: Friendly Societies in Modern Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
“Between Providence and Risk: Odd Fellows, Benevolence and the Social Limits of Actuarial Science, 1820s – 1880s,” Past and Present, (2015) 226 (1):115-147.