Dr Christina de Bellaigue is University Lecturer Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Exeter College. Her research focuses on the social and cultural history of nineteenth-century Europe. Her first book Educating women: schooling and identity in England and France, 1800-1867 (O.U.P. 2007) (http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199289981.do#.UjGpZhYTGlI) considered, among other things, the social and career mobility of schoolmistresses on either side of the Channel.
She is currently in the early stages of a new project exploring the ways in which families of the industrial bourgeoisie in nineteenth-century France and England negotiated the opportunities available to them and sought to preserve and transmit their social, cultural and economic capital. She seeks in particular to uncover the role of female family members in processes of upward or downward mobility.