Juliet Atkinson


I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2020 with a First Class BA Honours, and recently completed my MA in Social and Cultural History at the same institution. During my undergraduate and Master’s degrees I developed a keen interest in the social and cultural history of early modern Europe, particularly the histories of gender and migration.

My BA dissertation explored gender in the eighteenth-century Venetian Carnival. My MA dissertation examined gendered mobility and female cross-dressing in seventeenth-century London. I aim to further develop my passion and knowledge in these areas of history during my PhD. 

My PhD is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH).

Research interests

My research interests are centred around early modern Europe and the histories of gender; mobility and migration; and identity and identification. My project examines the methods of identification applied to women in the increasingly mobile environment of seventeenth-century London. This study eschews the recent focus on the relationship between identification and state expansion by centring the agency of women and other actors in identification processes. My approach breaks new ground by considering the impact of gender on identification and by deploying digital humanities tools to spatially analyse female mobility. By developing a gendered and spatial analysis of identification and mobility, this project aims to reassess current state-centred narratives of identification and to develop new understandings of women’s spatial mobility which consider the impacts of the gendering of identification.


  • MA Social and Cultural History
  • BA History