Dr Ellen Paterson is a historian of 16th and 17th century England, with a particular focus on political and economic history.

She has published articles focusing on the petitioning activity and political activism of London’s livery companies, triggered by the crown’s use of patents of monopoly, and is currently preparing her first monograph on this subject. She is particularly interested in the intersection between politics and economics and the ways through which trading disputes were articulated and negotiated in the early modern period.