Keith Wrightson is a historian of "early modern" England, specializing in social, economic, and cultural history. He received his BA and PhD from Cambridge University, and has taught at the University of St. Andrews (1975-84), Cambridge (1984-99), and Yale (since 1999). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Historical Society, an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Durham. He is currently President of the North American Conference on British Studies. His publications include English Society, 1580-1680; Earthly Necessities: Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain; Poverty and Piety in an English Village: Terling 1525-1700 (with David Levine); The Making of an Industrial Society: Whickham, 1560-1765 (with David Levine); and many essays on the social and cultural history of early modern England. His most recent book, Ralph Tailor’s Summer: A Scrivener, his City, and the Plague, was short-listed for the Portico Prize in Literature.