Tim Rudnicki is heading to the University of Cambridge in the autumn, all expenses paid by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Rudnicki is one of forty US scholars chosen from an initial field of eight hundred applicants for this highly competitive award.

Rudnicki will graduate with a BA in history and economics in June 2014 and work towards an MPhil in economic and social history at Cambridge. Rudnicki explains the importance of history to understanding modern economies: "When I entered college, I intended to study macroeconomic theory in preparation for a career in economic development. However, by the winter of my second year at the University of Chicago I realized the potential fruitfulness of using the economic history of developed countries as a source of policy lessons for the developing world today."

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson was the advisor of his BA thesis, "The Enduring Dutch: The Image of the Dutch Republic in British Political Thought, 1763–1784," and Christopher Fletcher was his graduate student preceptor.

Rudnicki is eager to continue his exploration of the economic and imperial history of England and Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries at Cambridge with historian Leigh Shaw-Taylor. In particular, he plans to study the occupational structure of seventeenth-century Lancashire to help date that county’s development into a manufacturing-based economy.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship Trust, one of the most prestigious international scholarships in the world, was established in 2000 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

By Joanne M. Berens, MFA'93, jberens@uchicago.edu