Stephen Thompson is JH Plumb Fellow in History at Christ's College, Cambridge. He was a Centre prize student in 2005-2006, and has been director of studies at the Centre since 2010. He held a research fellowship in British political and economic history at St John’s College from 2009 - 2011.
Stephen's PhD dissertation was awarded the Ellen McArthur Prize in Economic History in 2011. The thesis was a study of ‘Census-taking, political economy and state formation in Britain, c. 1790-1840’. It provided the first systematic analysis of the manifold ways in which demographic data shaped contemporary ideas about national income accounting, fiscal policy, poor relief and parliamentary reform. Stephen is currently working on a monograph which will extend his doctoral research.
Stephen undertook his BA, MPhil and PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge and has been a member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure since 2005.
‘Parliamentary enclosure, property, population, and the decline of classical republicanism in eighteenth-century Britain’, Historical Journal, 51 (2008), pp. 621-42.
‘‘Population combined with wealth and taxation’: statistics, representation and the making of the 1832 Reform Act’, in Thomas H Crook and Glen O’Hara (eds), Statistics and the Public Sphere, 1750-2000: Numbers and the People in Modern Britain (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2011).