Maja Mechant is a PhD student at Ghent University's History Department. She is keenly interested in the social history of marginalised and working class groups, particularly with regard to the early modern period. In her research, she integrates life course analysis, demographic methodology with a 'history from below' approach. Her doctorate, supervised by Professor Isabelle Devos, is on the life courses of prostitutes working in Bruges during the second half of the eighteenth century. This doctoral research was funded by the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO) until 2014.