Staff Profile


Dr David Hitchcock

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Humanities & Educational Studies

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 923753

Profile summary

I am a Senior Lecturer in History at Canterbury Christ Church University, I have previously administered to the British Studies exchange study programme for the School of Humanities and served as programme director for Levels 5/6 for History. I presently serve as Director of Recruitment and Marketing for the School and sit on the School Board.

I previously worked and studied at the University of Warwick, and completed a PhD and post-doctoral fellowship at that institution in 2013. I am broadly interested in early modern social and cultural history, particularly of England, in poverty, mobility, and inequalities, and also in comparative and Atlantic history and historiography for a similar period. I am best positioned to work on the period between 1600 and 1800. 

I am presently in the early stages of a new book project: a history of 'ending' poverty in the British Atlantic world, c. 1600-1848, and intend to cover material ranging from utopian imaginings to colonial displacement and architectural and environmental design.

I am presently teaching:

Level 4: 
Renaissance, Reformation, Revolution in the early modern world, 1450-1750.
(Guest) Divided By a Common Language: Culture and Society in Britain and the USA.

Level 5:
Altantic Americas: Commerce, Domination and Resistance in the Atlantic World, 1450-1800
The History Extended Essay

Level 6: 
Poverty, Prostitution, and Plague: The Problems of English Society, 1600-1800
Dissertation supervision

Level 7:

The MEMS critical reading group

Individually Negotiated Topics (Placements).

I supervise numerous undergraduate dissertations, and have worked with several research postgraduates. I am happy to discuss graduate supervision of projects that cover social, cultural, and political themes across the Atlantic world and the three kingdoms (UK, Scotland, Wales) from 1500 to 1800.

Research and knowledge exchange

Graduate Students:

James Dursley (M.Res): 'Sovereignty in Print': Censorship, Political Theory and Political Opinion During the Interregnum'

(Second supervisor with Jackie Eales) Cheryl Periton (PhD): 'The Development of Numeracy and Early Education in Kent, 1550-1700’

Kevin Field (M.Res), 'Workhouse Medical Provision Under the New Poor Law in Kent, c. 1834-1880',


The AHRC Vagrancy and Space Network.


The Being Human Festival 2018

Teaching and subject expertise

Broadly: the social and cultural history of early modern England and the Atlantic World, 1500-1800.

- Poverty, Vagrancy, social and economic inequality.
- Migration and mobility, rural demography
- Popular culture and popular literature
- New Historicist literary critique
- Social and Historical Geography
- Utopias, social dreaming, and social justice in history

External activities

Indicative Recent Papers:

4-6 January 2017: ‘Moving the Vagrant Body: Conveyance, Transportation and Impressment in the English Long Eighteenth Century’ at The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Oxford.

6-7 June 2016: ‘To Laugh at the Homeless: vagrancy, jest, and disability in ‘unsentimental’ early modern England’, at ‘The Abnormal Renaissance: Queers, Crips, and Rogues in Early Modern Europe’, the Dahlem Humanities Center at the Freie Universität Berlin.

29 October 2015: Invited Speaker, ‘Masterless Women: The Changing Faces of Vagrancy in English Culture and Society, 1650-1750’ at the Warwick History Department early modern research seminar series, Coventry.

2-3 July 2015: ‘He is the Vagabond without Habitation in the Lord: Vagrancy and Quakerism after Collinson’s Second Reformation’, at ‘After Iconophobia: Patrick Collinson’s Iconoclasm to Iconophobia, thirty years on’, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

26 May 2014: ‘The Dark side of Satire: Vagrancy and laughter in early modern England’ at Laughter and Satire in Europe, 1500-1800, at the University of Warwick Palazzo, Venice.

23 May 2014: The Folger Library Institute faculty research weekend series, ‘Rogues, Gypsies and early modern outsiders’, led by David Cressy.

Publications and research outputs

My first monograph is published with Bloomsbury, entitled Vagrancy in English Culture and Society, 1650-1750 (2016).

Articles published and contracted as forthcoming:

‘He is the Vagabond without Habitation in the Lord’: The Representation of Quakerism as Vagrancy in Interregnum England, 1650-1660’, Cultural and Social History, 15:1 (2018),

‘Poverty in the Early Modern English Atlantic’, in Trevor Burnard (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) Available Online:

(Special Issue and editorial) ‘Poverty and Mobility in England, 1600-1850’, a Rural History Special Issue, 24:1 (April 2013).

‘A Typology of Travellers: Migration, Justice, and Vagrancy in Warwickshire, 1670-1730’, Rural History, 23:1 (April, 2012); pp. 21-39.

‘Punishment is all the charity that the law affordeth them’: Penal Transportation, Vagrancy, and the Charitable Impulse in the British Atlantic, 1618-1718’, New Global Studies (Special Issue: ‘Empires of Charity’, summer 2018)

Co-edited with Julia McClure, The Routledge History of Poverty, 1500-1800 (under contract, forthcoming 2021); including chapters on vagrancy, and the editor's introduction

'Rogue and Vagrant Bodies' in Sarah Toulalan, ed, The Routledge History of the early modern Body, (under contract, forthcoming 2020)

Chapter: ‘Monstrous Mutant bodies and and representations of the early modern world in Neil Gaiman’s Marvel 1602’, in Michael Goodrum, David Hall, and Philip Smith, (eds), Drawing the Past: Comics and the Historical Imagination (December 2018)

Work In Preparation:

Article: ‘To Laugh at the Homeless in early modern England’, (target:Past and Present, fall 2018)

Monograph: The End of Poverty: Welfare Colonialism and Social Dreaming in Britain, c. 1600-1850 (n.d.)


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