Maria Ågren

Professor of History, Uppsala University

Maria Ågren received in 1992 her Ph.D. in History at Uppsala University, where, since 2002, she
has held a professorship in history. In 2009, she was appointed Wallenberg Scholar, and in 2013,
she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Jyväskylä. She has been a panel chair
at the Swedish Research Council and has represented Sweden in the European Science Foundation.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of legal, social, economic and gender history. Her mono-
graph on conceptions of property, in particular immemorial prescription, in seventeenth-century
Sweden has been positively received by both the American Society for Legal History and modern
lawyers. In 2009, her book Domestic Secrets: Women and Property in Sweden, 1600 to 1857 (the
University of North Carolina Press) came out.

Between 2010 and 2014, Ågren was the leader of the large ‘Gender and Work’ project, the main
results of which will soon appear under the title ‘Making a Living, Making a Difference: Gender and
Work in Early Modern Society’. She is currently finalising a monograph on the households of lower
civil servants and the effects of their entanglement with their master: the state. She is also the founder
of the Gender and Work database, which provides an example of digital humanities.

She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2015-16.