Flowers in Linton Quad

Dr Sonia Tycko

Kinder Junior Research Fellow in Atlantic History

I am a Kinder Junior Research Fellow in Atlantic History at St Peter’s and the Rothermere American Institute. I received my B.A. from Columbia University in 2009 and my Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2019. In between these degrees, I joined the Academic and Trade Department in the New York office of Oxford University Press, where I worked first as an editorial assistant, and later as an acquiring editor on the history list. 


I look forward to teaching early modern British and early American history to St Peter’s students. My teaching and advising interests also include the history of early modern Europe and the Atlantic world.


As a historian of early modern England and its American colonies, I focus on social relations, law, and labour. I am now revising my dissertation into a book, tentatively entitled Captured Consent: Forced Labour and the Rise of Freedom of Contract. This project examines what consent meant and how it worked in seventeenth-century master-servant relationships that were formed under coercion. My article, “The Legality of Prisoner of War Labour in England, 1648–1655,” is forthcoming in Past & Present.