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Sheilagh Catheren Ogilvie, FBA (born 7 October 1958) is a Canadian historian, economist, and academic, specialising in economic history. Since 2004, she has been Professor of Economic History at the University of Cambridge.

Sheilagh Ogilvie

Sheilagh Catheren Ogilvie

(1958-10-07) 7 October 1958 (age 60)
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisCorporatism and regulation in rural industry: wollen weaving in Wurttemberg, 1590-1740 (1985)
Academic work
DisciplineHistory and economics


Early life and educationEdit

Ogilvie was born on 7 October 1958 to Robert Townley Ogilvie and Sheilagh Stuart Ogilvie.[1] She was brought up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.[2] She was educated at Grantown Grammar School, a state school in Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland, and at Queen Elizabeth High School in Calgary, Alberta.[3] She studied modern history and English at the University of St Andrews, graduating with a first class undergraduate Master of Arts (MA Hons) degree in 1979.[1][3] She undertook postgraduate research in history at Trinity College, Cambridge, and completed her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1985.[1][3] Her doctoral thesis was titled "Corporatism and regulation in rural industry: wollen weaving in Wurttemberg, 1590-1740".[4] She later studied for a Master of Arts (MA) degree in social sciences (economics) at the University of Chicago, which she completed in 1992.[3]

Academic careerEdit

From 1984 to 1988, Ogilvie was a research fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] In 1989, she joined the Faculty of Economics of the University of Cambridge as an assistant lecturer in economic history.[3] She was promoted to lecturer in 1992, and made a Reader in Economic History in 1999.[1] In 2004, she was appointed Professor of Economic History.[1][2] Between 2013 and 2016, she additionally held a Wolfson/British Academy Research Professorship.[5]

Ogilvie has held a number of visiting appointments. From 1993 to 1994, she was a visiting fellow at the Czech National Archive in Prague, and a guest dozent in the Department of Economic and Social History at the University of Vienna.[3] From 1994 to 1995, she was a visiting fellow at the Centre for History and Economics of King's College, Cambridge.[3] In 1998, she was a visiting fellow at the Center for Economic Studies of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.[3]


In 2004, Ogilvie was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[2]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Edwards, Jeremy, and Sheilagh Ogilvie. "Contract enforcement, institutions, and social capital: the Maghribi traders reappraised1." The Economic History Review 65.2 (2012): 421-444.
  • Ogilvie, Sheilagh. Institutions and European trade: Merchant guilds, 1000–1800. Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Ogilvie, Sheilagh. "Rehabilitating the guilds: a reply." The Economic History Review 61.1 (2008): 175-182.
  • Ogilvie, Sheilagh. "‘Whatever is, is right’? Economic institutions in pre‐industrial Europe1." The Economic History Review 60.4 (2007): 649-684.
  • Ogilvie, Sheilagh. "How does social capital affect women? Guilds and communities in early modern Germany." The American historical review 109.2 (2004): 325-359.
  • Ogilvie, Sheilagh. "Guilds, efficiency, and social capital: evidence from German proto-industry." Economic history review (2004): 286-333.
  • Ogilvie, Sheilagh C. A bitter living: women, markets, and social capital in early modern Germany. Oxford University Press on Demand, 2003.
  • Ogilvie, Sheilagh, and Markus Cerman. European proto-industrialization: an introductory handbook. Cambridge University Press, 1996.
  • Edwards, Jeremy, and Sheilagh Ogilvie. "Universal banks and German industrialization: a reappraisal1." The Economic History Review 49.3 (1996): 427-446.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "OGILVIE, Prof. Sheilagh Catheren". Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. November 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie". British Academy. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Curriculum Vitae: Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie, FBA" (PDF). Faculty of Economics. University of Cambridge. September 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  4. ^ Ogilvie, S. C. (1985). "Corporatism and regulation in rural industry : wollen weaving in Wurttemberg, 1590-1740". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library Board. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie". Faculty of Economics. University of Cambridge. Retrieved 6 May 2017.