Andrea Ruddick gained her undergraduate degree at Pembroke College, Cambridge, before continuing her career there as a postgraduate. She then held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, based at the Faculty of History at Cambridge, during which she expanded her doctoral research on English national sentiment in the fourteenth century. This research resulted in a monograph, English Identity and Political Culture in the Fourteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2013), in the Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought series. Since the end of her BA PDF, she has worked at the Faculty of History at Cambridge as an Affiliated Lecturer and a Research Associate, and at the University of York as part of the AHRC-funded England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 project.
Andrea’s main research interests are in late medieval British political, ecclesiastical and cultural history, c. 1200-1500. She is particularly interested in the intersection between national, political and ethnic identities in England and the king of England’s wider dominions, and more broadly in medieval Europe. She draws on a wide range of sources in her research, from chronicles, poetry and sermon literature to official rhetoric in government documents. Other current research interests include the definition and reception of aliens in English society, the Council of Constance, medieval chronicles and history-writing, and the role of the English clergy in local political networks and the ways in which this reflected the broader intersection of religion and politics in late medieval society. She is currently working on a volume of sources in translation giving English perspectives on ethnicity, identity and politics in the late medieval British Isles.