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Honorary Positions

Honorary Positions are awarded in line with the University's Honorary and Visiting Titles Policy. Nominations are made via the IMEMS Executive Committee for individuals, external to the University, who have made a substantial contribution to research and research-led teaching at Durham under the aegis of the IMEMS, and those who have a close connection to the strategic research priorities of the Institute.

The titles of Honorary/Visiting Professor, Fellow or Associate are normally conferred for a period of three years, renewable as appropriate. Title holders will be expected to continue their academic connections with Durham and will be asked to deliver a public lecture to inaugurate their status.


Honorary Professors

Professor Krista Kesselring

Krista Kesselring received her PhD from Queen’s University (Canada) in 2001Headshot of Professor Krista Kesselring, specializing in British history, and is now a University Research Professor at Dalhousie University. A social historian of law, she has particular interests in violence, protest, and gender. Her publications include Making Murder Public: Homicide in Early Modern England (2019), The Northern Rebellion of 1569: Faith, Politics and Protest in Elizabethan England (2007), and Mercy and Authority in the Tudor State (2003). She has also published collections of sources on the Court of Star Chamber and on the trial of Charles I, and has co-edited two essay collections: Crossing Borders: Boundaries and Margins in Medieval and Early Modern Britain (2018, with Sara M. Butler) and Married Women and the Law: Coverture in England and the Common Law World (2013, with Tim Stretton). She has held visiting fellowships at the Hungtington and Folger Shakespeare libraries and, most recently, with Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Studies and IMEMS. She is currently continuing work on Star Chamber and on the history of marriage and divorce.


Professor Tim Harris (Brown University)

Tim Harris received his BA, MA and PhD from Cambridge University and was a FellowHeadshot of Professor Tim Harris of Emmanuel College from 1983 before moving to Brown University in 1986, where he is Munro-Goodwin-Wilkinson Professor in European History. A social historian of politics, he has written about the interface of high and low politics, popular protest movements, ideology and propaganda, party politics, the law and the constitution, popular culture, and the politics of religious dissent in seventeenth-century England, Scotland and Ireland. His books include London Crowds in the Reign of Charles II (1987); Politics under the Later Stuarts (1993); Restoration: Charles II and his Kingdoms (2005), Revolution: The Great Crisis of the British Monarchy, 1685-1720 (2006), and Rebellion: Britain’s First Stuart Kings (2014), while he has also edited volumes on The Politics of Religion in Restoration England 1660-1688 (1990, with Paul Seaward and Mark Goldie); Popular Culture in England, c. 1500-1850 (1995); The Politics of the Excluded, c. 1500-1850 (2001); The Entring Book of Roger Morrice, 1677-1691: Volume III: The Reign of James II, 1685-1687 (2007); The Final Crisis of the Stuart Monarchy: The Revolutions of 1688-91 in their British, Atlantic and European Contexts (2013 with Stephen Taylor); and Politics, Religion and Ideas in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Britain (2019, with Justin Champion, John Coffey, and John Marshall). He co-edits the book series Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History for Boydell Press together with Stephen Taylor and Andy Wood of Durham. He has held long-term fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and at the Huntington Library, and been a visiting fellow at Wolfson College Oxford, Merton College Oxford, and Trinity College Dublin. He is currently working on a book on Britain’s Century of Revolutions for Oxford University Press and also engaged in a study of ‘National Stereotyping and Religious Prejudice in Early Modern England’.

Professor Robert G. Ingram (Ohio University)

Robert G. Ingram is Professor of History and director of the Robert IngramMenard Family George Washington Forum at Ohio University, where he came after earning his PhD at the University of Virginia. An historian of early modern British religious, political and intellectual history, has written two books and edited five others. His latest book is Reformation without End: Religion, Politics and the Past in Post-Revolutionary England (2018), while he has also recently co-edited People Power: Popular Sovereignty from Machiavelli to Modernity (2022) and Freedom of Speech, 1500–1850 (2020). With Jeffrey Collins, Raffaella Santi, Shannon Stimson and Samuel Garett Zeitlin, he edits a new book on intellectual history called Ideas and Practices, 1300–1850 (Durham University IMEMS Press). He is currently writing a book on the state’s sacralization in post-revolutionary Britain and, with Stephen Taylor and Hannah Smith, is producing a scholarly edition of the memoirs and correspondence of the Whig politician John Lord Hervey, which will be published by Oxford University Press.


Honorary Fellows

Dr Abdul Azeem (Director General, Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Pakistan)

Abdul Azeem has done his PhD on “Classification and stylistic analysis of ZarDheriHeadshot of Dr Abdul Azeem sculptures (Shinkiari-Hazara)” from Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad – Pakistan. He successfully completed his Postdoctoral research under IMEMS’ 2018/19 Library Fellowship Programme on ‘Contextualising Sir John Marshall’s Photographic Collection at Durham’.

He joined Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Pakistan in 1987 as young archaeologist. During his long service he has conducted extensive archaeological explorations throughout the country and added a large number of archaeological sites and monuments on the archaeological map of Pakistan. He has conducted excavations on major archaeological sites of Indus Valley Civilization, Gandhara Grave Culture sites, Buddhist monastic complexes and settlement sites of ancient Gandhara and Taxila. Excavation at early Islamic period site of Mansura in Sindh province is also on his credit.

Apart from field archaeology, he has diversified experience in museum management by virtue of his postings at different positions including Head of the National Museum of Pakistan that houses the choicest collection of Gandhara art and overall In-charge of Swat Museum. He is an eminent expert of the Buddhist art and architecture of Gandhara having in-depth study of the collection of the Gandhara Art housed in museums of Pakistan and practical knowledge of the Buddhist sacred architecture gained through archaeological excavations. At present he holds the post of Director General, Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Pakistan and in this capacity, he is responsible for protection, conservation and promotion of the cultural heritage of Pakistan.


Joanna Barker BA D Litt MBE

Joanna is an alumna of Durham University, graduating with first classHeadshot of Mrs Joanna Barker MBE honours in French in 1981. She received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Durham University in 2012. She has maintained her links with Durham and is well known to the University as a benefactor and member of University Council. She also sponsored three IMEMS research strands, including ‘French Books and their Readers’, and her generosity was instrumental in setting up the IMEMS Library Fellowship scheme.

Joanna's research concentrates on early modern France, notably women's writing. She is treasurer of the Society for Early Modern French Studies and a trustee of Elizabeth Montagu Correspondence Online.

Joanna has had a 35-year career in international private equity, with 25 years’ experience of serving on boards of international portfolio companies and extensive experience as a charity trustee. She is founder and Trustee of Target Ovarian Cancer. Joanna was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to people with cancer.




Dr Marco Barducci

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I am interested in the impact of early modern European ideas on British intellectual and political culture. My most recent monograph Hugo Grotius and the Century of Revolution, 1613-1718 (Oxford University Press, 2017) reconstructs how the writings of Grotius about politics, law and religion were read and used by English political and religious writers during the Century of Revolution.

Based on research conducted while a Solway Fellow at Durham University’s IMEMS (2019-2020), I am now working on a new monograph entitled The Crisis of the English Mind, 1650–1750. Transmission of ideas and intellectual change in England and Europe. On the same theme, I have organised two international events hosted by IMEMS (Online workshop, Enlightenment in a Time of Crisis, 9-11 July 2020; Webinar: Debating Enlightenment, 6 July 2021).

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Roma Tre. Prior to this, I have held academic positions at Durham University’ IMEMS and Institute of Advanced Study, the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the Folger Institute (Washington, DC), the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies (Halle-Wittenberg), the University of Florence and the Fondazione Luigi Firpo. (Turin)


Ana de Oliveira Dias

Ana de Oliveira Dias specialises in visual and intellectual culture in medieval Iberia and Continental Europe ca. CE 800-1050, with a strong focus on manuscript production and illumination in a monastic context. 

She completed a PhD in History at Durham University in 2019 and has lectured at the universities of York and Durham. Since 2019, she has acted as a programme director of the IMEMS/Durham University Palaeography and Latin School. 

In 2020, she joined the Institute of English Studies, University of London, as a postdoctoral research fellow in the project CULTIVATE MSS, in which she investigates the trade of early medieval manuscripts in Britain and America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.