Jessica is a second-year PhD student in the Department of History at the University of York. Her doctoral research focuses on women who engaged with London’s Court of Orphans in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Her thesis examines the number of financial and legal roles women had in the Court’s proceedings and aims to consider how this interacted with their wider economic and social activities and responsibilities. Her wider research interests include other aspects of economic and social history of London in the early modern period, particularly women’s work and their involvement in the credit economy. She holds a BA in History and an MA in Early Modern History from the University of York and is also a committee member of the Cabinet of Curiosities, York’s early modern postgraduate forum.