Jane Humphries

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Jane Humphries
Katherine Jane Humphries

(1948-11-09) 9 November 1948 (age 72)
Academic background
Alma materCornell University
ThesisThe role of the manufacturing sector in economic development (1973)
Academic work
InstitutionsAll Souls College, University of Oxford
Main interestsEconomic history

Katherine Jane Humphries, CBE FBA (born 9 November 1948),[1] is a Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford with the Title of Distinction of professor of economic history. Her research interest has been in economic growth and development and the industrial revolution. She is the former president of the Economic History Society[2][3] and the current vice-president of the Economic History Association.[4]

Early life[edit]

Humphries gained her economics degree from Newnham College, Cambridge, in 1970; she went on to Cornell University to do both her masters and then her doctorate which she completed in 1973.[5][2][6]


Her professional life began at University of Massachusetts Amherst, first as an assistant professor (1973–1979), then as an associate professor (1979–1980). She was lecturer at the University of Cambridge and later a fellow of Newnham College (1980–1995). In 1993, during her period at Newnham College, Humphries was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Population and Development within Harvard University's School of Public Health.

Humphries returned to Newnham College as reader in economics and economic history in 1995, she then took up a post as reader in economic history and fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford in 1998. In 2004, she was awarded a Title of Distinction as professor of economic history at All Souls.[2] In 2012, Humphries was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[7]

Edited journals[edit]

Humphries has sat on the editorial boards of a number of peer-reviewed journals.[2] She is currently on the editorial boards of Gender, Work and Organization,[8] and Feminist Economics.[9]


On 29 January 2016 Humphries received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Educational Sciences at Uppsala University, Sweden.[10] Her 2019 article 'Unreal Wages? Real Income and Economic Growth in England, 1260-1850', co-authored with Jacob Weisdorf, was awarded the 2019 Royal Economic Society Prize.[11]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Humphries, Katherine Jane (1973). The role of the manufacturing sector in economic development (Ph.D thesis). Cornell University. OCLC 64678496.
  • Humphries, Jane (1995). Gender and economics. Aldershot, England: Brookfield, Vermont, USA Edward Elgar. ISBN 9781852788438.
  • Humphries, Jane; Rubery, Jill (1995). The economics of equal opportunities. Manchester, England: Equal Opportunities Commission. ISBN 978-1870358477.
  • Humphries, Jane; Robeyns, Ingrid; Agarwal, Bina (2005). Amartya Sen's work and ideas: a gender perspective. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415373203.
  • Humphries, Jane; Albelda, Randy P; Himmelweit, Susan (2005). Dilemmas of lone motherhood. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415360180.
  • Humphries, Jane (2010). Childhood and child labour in the British Industrial Revolution. Cambridge, UK New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521847568.
  • Humphries, Jane; Floud, Roderick; Johnson, Paul (2014). Cambridge economic history of modern Britain: 1870 to the present (2nd ed.). Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107686731.

Chapters in books[edit]

  • Humphries, Jane; McNay, Kirsty (2009), "Death and gender in Victorian England", in Kanbur, Ravi; Basu, Kaushik (eds.), Arguments for a better world: essays in honor of Amartya Sen | Volume II: Society, institutions and development, Oxford New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 259–279, ISBN 9780199239979.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

Journal articles[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Humphries, Jane, 1948–". Library of Congress. Retrieved 11 August 2014. data sheet (b. 11-9-48)
  2. ^ a b c d "Jane Humphries". Faculty of History, Oxford University. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Professor Jane Humphries elected President of the Economic History Society". All Souls College, Oxford University. 16 April 2010. Archived from the original on 3 December 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  4. ^ "2013–2014 EHA Officers and Board of Trustees". Economic History Association. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  5. ^ Staff writer (2014), "HUMPHRIES, Prof. (Katherine) Jane", Who's Who 2014, Oxford: A & C Black, ISBN 9781408181195.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link) Online edition, Oxford University Press.
  6. ^ Humphries, Katherine Jane (1973). The role of the manufacturing sector in economic development (Ph.D thesis). Cornell University. OCLC 64678496.
  7. ^ "Professor Jane Humphries".
  8. ^ "Editorial Board – Associate Editors". Gender, Work & Organization. doi:10.1111/(ISSN)1468-0432. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Editorial Board". Taylor and Francis. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  10. ^ Waara, Anneli (15 October 2015). "Childhood and adolescence researchers awarded honorary doctorates". www.uu.se. Uppsala University, Sweden. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  11. ^ "2019 Royal Economic Society Prize". www.res.org.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2020.

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Non-profit organisation positions
Preceded by
Rhonda Sharp
President of the International Association for Feminist Economics
Succeeded by
Nancy Folbre