Jacob F. Field was born and grew up in South London. He completed his undergraduate degree in modern history at the University of Oxford, and moved to Newcastle University for his postgraduate study. In 2005 he won an Arts and Humanities Research Council three-year grant to research and write his doctoral thesis on the socio-economic impact of the Great Fire of London. In 2008 he moved to the University of Cambridge to take up a post-doctoral post at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, where he worked on a project examining Britain’s occupational structure from the 14th to 19th centuries. During this time, his focus was on women's work and domestic service. In 2012 he moved to New Zealand, where he taught economic history at Massey University and the University of Waikato. He has written four popular history books, the latest of which was D-Day In Numbers. In 2016 he returned to England, where he is currently working at the University of Cambridge on a research project examining the historical occupational structure of London.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
History of Early Modern England (c 1500-1800)
History of 19th-Century England
History of London
Economic History of England 1500-1900, particularly occupational structure
History of Women's Work, particularly domestic service
Early Modern Charity in England