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Research Interests

Prof Mark Allen

  • Eurasian orogenic belts and sedimentary basins, notably the interactions of deformation, climate and sedimentation in tectonically active regions such as the Caspian and the Zagros mountains.
  • Petroleum systems at all scales from the regional, to the effects of fault systems and sedimentary architecture on fluid migration.

Prof Elizabeth Archibald

  • Classical tradition
  • Medieval romance

Dr Sare Aricanli

  • history of medicine
  • history of science
  • ritual
  • text

Dr David Ashurst


Professor Lewis Ayres


Dr Christopher Bahl

  • Arabic in South Asia
  • Social and cultural histories of the Indian Ocean region
  • Early Modern manuscript cultures
  • Political histories
  • Shrine cities

Professor Ian Bailiff

  • Luminescence techniques for the dating of ceramics and sediments, measurement techniques, instrumentation development and retrospective dosimetry techniques.
  • Application to the dating of archaeological contexts from the Palaeolithic to the Late Medieval, e.g., unheated sediments and lithics, masonry and ceramic buildings materials, irrigation features, and more generally the elucidation of site formation process

The development of new techniques for the deployment of dosimetry in radiological emergencies.

James Baldini


Dr Kathryn Banks

  • Sixteenth-century French literature, culture, thought, and history
  • Cognitive sciences and literature
  • Apocalypse and 'poetic prophecy'
  • Movement and embodiment in literature
  • Specificities of literary 'thinking' in relation to other modes of knowledge

Dr Alex Barber

  • History of Ideas
  • Freedom of the press
  • Scribal news
  • The English Enlightenment

Professor John Barclay


Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough


Dr Myrthe Laura Bartels

  • ancient ethics
  • ancient Greek law
  • ancient Greek philosophy
  • ancient political philosophy
  • classical reception
  • Greek literature
  • history of music

Andrew Beeby

  • Multispectral imaging
  • Photochemistry
  • Photophysics
  • Pigments of medieval manuscripts
  • Spectroscopy
  • Time-resolved spectorscopy

Professor Andrew Beresford


Prof Richard Bower

  • extragalactic astronomy and cosmology

Dr Venetia Bridges


Dr Vladimir Brljak


Dr Mary Brooks

  • Cultural significance of heritage and museums, conservation and conservation’s contribution to the making of meaning
  • Educational methodologies for teaching and learning in professional education in heritage and conservation sectors
  • Material Things: Early Modern English Embroidery as Art, Social Practice and Material Culture
  • Material Things: Innovation, Fibres and War: the Agency of Regenerated Protein Fibres
  • Sacred material culture, especially vestments and ecclesiastical textiles

Dr Richard James Brown


Professor Neil Cartlidge


Professor Carlo Caruso


Dr Robert Carver

  • Apuleius, the Ancient Novel, and its Reception
  • Neo-Latin Literature
  • Renaissance Humanism
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Sir Philip Sidney
  • The Influence of the Classics in English Literature
  • Australian Literature
  • Creative Writing (Poetry)

Dr Mark Chambers

  • Early English Drama
  • Late-Medieval Language Contact
  • Medieval Clothing and Fashion

Professor Mike Church

  • Environmental archaeology of the North Atlantic islands including the Western Isles of Scotland, Faroes, Iceland and Greenland
  • Geochronological applications, specifically radiocarbon dating and tephrochronology, in the North Atlantic islands
  • Geomorphology and palaeolimnology in relation to the human/environment interaction in the North Atlantic islands
  • Mineral magnetic applications on archaeological and palaeoenvironmental sites
  • Archaeobotany of Scotland and the North Atlantic islands
  • Experimental archaeobotany

Dr Annalisa Cipollone

  • 20th-century Italian poetry
  • Dante
  • Early Italian Language
  • Early Italian Lyric Poetry
  • Medieval Literature and Culture, with special attention to the relationship between Early Italian and Romance Literatures
  • Petrarch
  • Reception of the Middle Ages in the Renaissance

Professor Jan Clarke

  • seventeenth and eighteenth-century theatre history
  • theatre architecture
  • stage design and theatre machinery
  • theatre company administration
  • women theatre professionals (actresses and other employees)
  • Molière
  • Thomas Corneille

Dr John-Henry Clay

  • Anglo-Saxon history and archaeology
  • Early medieval missionaries and conversion
  • Post-Roman Western Europe

Dr Peter J. Collins

  • Aesthetics
  • Britain, Kenya
  • Hospitals
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Religion, ritual and symbolism
  • Space and place

UNESCO Professor Robin Coningham

  • Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage
  • Archaeological visibility of Buddhism
  • Caste and the development of craft specialisation
  • Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea Trade
  • International cultural resource management
  • Later Prehistory and Early Historic archaeology of Southern Asia (from Iran to Myanmar)
  • Politics, identity and archaeology
  • Post-conflict archaeology
  • Post-disaster archaeology
  • Sustainable pilgrimage
  • UNESCO and World Heritage
  • Urbanisation

Professor David Cowling


Professor Stefano Cracolici

  • Medieval and Renaissance Italian culture
  • Humanism, medicine, and physiognomy
  • Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472)
  • Visual culture (art, cinema, architecture)
  • Academy of Arcadia
  • 18th-Century Italian Art and Literature
  • 19th Century Latin American Art
  • Italian Cinema

Dr Derek Craig


Professor Rosemary Cramp


Professor Alexandra Cristea

  • Adaptive, personalised web
  • Applied AI
  • Learner Analytics Data Analytics
  • Semantic Web
  • Social Web
  • User Modelling
  • Web Science

Dr Barbara Crosbie

  • Age relations, life cycle, youth transition
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Household and family
  • Print culture, education, geo-social relations, popular politics

Dr Christopher Davis


Professor Matthew Daniel Eddy

  • History and Philosophy of:
  • Science & Technology
  • Climate & the Environment
  • Race & Politics
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Science & Religion

Ivana Evans

  • Oxide Ion Conductors
  • Solid State Chemistry
  • Functional materials

Dr Helen Foxhall Forbes

  • late antique / early medieval theology
  • late antique / early medieval intellectual history
  • late antique / early medieval social history
  • late antique / early medieval archaeology
  • east-west communication in late antiquity and the early middle ages
  • environmental history
  • Europe & the Mediterranean c. 300-1000 CE

Prof Robin Frame


Professor David Fuller

  • Blake and poetry of the Romantic period
  • Elizabethan drama (Marlowe and Shakespeare)
  • modernism, especially Joyce and T.S. Eliot

Jens Funke

  • Automorphic forms
  • Number Theory

Professor Richard Gameson

  • History of the Book from Antiquity to the Renaissance
  • Medieval Art

Professor Giles Gasper

  • History of Theology
  • Medieval intellectual history
  • Monastic Life
  • Spiritual and Material Culture of the High Middle Ages
  • Medieval Science

Professor Chris Gerrard

  • Archaeological resource management
  • Common rights and resources
  • Historic earthen architecture
  • Historic irrigation and water
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Medieval artefacts
  • Medieval disasters and responses
  • Medieval rural settlement
  • Templars and Hospitallers
  • The western Atlantic seaboard in the Middle Ages

Prof Roy Gibson

  • Cicero, Ad Familiares
  • Ovid
  • Pliny the Younger
  • PI and Co-director (with Andrew Morrison): AHRC Ancient Letter Collections project

Dr Mekhola Gomes


Dr Rui Gomes Coelho


Dr Natalie Goodison


Dr Pam Graves

  • Archaeology of the body
  • Dunbar Scottish Soldiers Project
  • Iconoclasm
  • medieval and post-medieval urban and religious archaeology
  • north-east England, Scotland and North Sea rim in the medieval and post-medieval periods
  • religious and urban identities
  • religious architecture
  • window glass

Dr Patrick Gray

  • Shakespeare
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Classical Reception
  • Aesthetics
  • Genre Theory
  • Intellectual History
  • The History of Emotions

Dr Adrian Green

  • British regional history 1500-1800
  • Social & economic history of housing in Britain 1500-1800
  • Social & economic history of north-east England 1500-1800
  • Architecture and archaeology of the built environment in England and North America, 1500-1800

Dr Mandy Green


Dr Barbara Gribling

  • Consumerism and consumer culture
  • History of childhood
  • Modern British History
  • Public history
  • Uses of the past

Dr Tom Hamilton

  • Criminal justice
  • France c.1500-c.1800
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Memory
  • Violence
  • Visual and material culture

Dr Margaret M. Harvey

  • Anglo-Papal relations in the fifteenth century
  • English and European Church history in late middle ages.

Dr Jane Heath


Professor Peter Heslin

  • Latin poetry
  • Reception of Latin poetry
  • Roman painting
  • Humanities computing

Dr Manuel Hijano

  • Spanish medieval history and historiography
  • The Castilian Epic
  • The value of narrative in the representation of the past

Professor Richard Hingley

  • The archaeology of Roman and Iron Age Britain and Spain
  • Heritage, theory and historiography

Emeritus Professor Richard Hobbs

  • International Ocean Discovery Program drilling
  • Ocean ridge geothermal processes
  • controlled source seismic data (acquisition, processing and interpretation)
  • Seismic Oceanography
  • 3D seismic wavefield modelling
  • Bayesian methods to quantify uncertainty
  • Joint inversion

Dr Hansun Hsiung

  • history of science
  • global history
  • history of the book
  • media studies
  • history of medicine
  • history of technology

Dr David Hunt

  • Ammianus Marcellinus
  • late Roman and early Christian history

Dr Michael Huxtable


Dr Leonardo Impett

  • Digital Art History
  • Digital Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary Machine Learning
  • Visual Studies
  • Computer Vision

Dr Theresa Jäckh


Dr Lucy C. M. M. Jackson

  • Greek tragedy
  • Greek drama in the Classical period (c.500-323 BCE)
  • Ancient Greek choral performance
  • Ancient Greek literature
  • Classical Receptions of the 21st century
  • Theatre history

Professor Ludmilla Jordanova

  • Cultural history of science and medicine post 1600
  • Visual culture
  • Portraiture 1500 onwards
  • The nature of historical practice, including ethics

Professor Ted Kaizer

  • Local identities in the Classical Levant
  • Religions in the Graeco-Roman world
  • Social and religious history of the Roman Near East

Dr James Kelly


Dr Derek Kennet

  • Arabian archaeology
  • Archaeology of Trade and Economy
  • Chinese Trade Ceramics
  • Early Historic South Asia
  • Indian Ocean Trade
  • Islamic archaeology
  • Medieval South Asia
  • Sasanian archaeology

Professor Tom Lancaster


Dr John Lee

  • Korean history
  • Environmental history
  • History of pre-industrial forestry
  • The conservationist state in the early modern world
  • Environmental legacies of the Mongol Empire

Dr Laura Leon Llerena

  • Colonial Latin American Literature and History
  • Ethnography of Writing
  • Indigenous and Native American Studies
  • Religion and Culture Studies

Professor Anna Leone

  • Archaeology in North Africa
  • Late Antique urbanism in North Africa and the near East
  • Roman and Byzantine pottery
  • Roman Economy
  • Roman, Byzantine Sicily
  • Topography of Rome

Professor Christian Liddy

  • Family, Lineage, and Dynasty
  • Citizenship
  • Popular revolt and popular protest
  • Pre-modern towns

Ed Llewellin


Emeritus Professor Andrew Louth

  • Byzantine art, iconography and ceremonial
  • Byzantine theology, esp. Maximos the Confessor
  • orthodox theology and spirituality
  • Patristics, esp. Greek
  • spirituality and mysticism, esp. Christian

Dr David Lowther

  • British Empire
  • Cultures of Collecting
  • Early Modern and Modern British History
  • History of Natural History
  • History of Zoology
  • Nineteenth-Century India and Nepal

Emeritus Professor Richard Maber

  • 17th-century French literature and intellectual history
  • International learned correspondences in the 17th century
  • Interdisciplinary 17th-century studies
  • Medieval travel literature
  • Francis Kilvert's diary
  • Celtic languages and literature (middle and late Cornish)

Professor Ita Mac Carthy

  • Italian Renaissance literature and art
  • Early modern translation, imitation and adaptation
  • Connections between literature and the visual arts of the period 1500-1900
  • European reception of the Italian Renaissance
  • Early modern women’s studies
  • Cognitive approaches to literary and cultural study

Professor Holger Maehle

  • ethical issues in the history of medicine
  • history of medicine and the life sciences
  • history of pharmacology
  • history of stem cell research

Dr Julie Marfany

  • Poverty, poor relief and charity
  • Family and household
  • Living standards and wellbeing
  • Particular focus on southern Europe

Professor John McKinnell

  • Durham Medieval Drama Group
  • Durham medieval texts
  • medieval acting style
  • Old and Middle English poetry
  • Old Norse literature (esp. mythological poetry)
  • records of early English drama

Dr Natalie Mears

  • The public memory of Elizabeth I
  • The Tudors and early Stuarts in Opera
  • Special worship and religious anniversaries in the British Isles, 1530-1660
  • Tudor and early Stuart politics and religion
  • Political participation, popular politics, and the 'public sphere'

Dr Karen Milek

  • Geoarchaeology, including soil survey, archaeological soil micromorphology, geochemistry, magnetic techniques, and lipid biomarkers
  • Early medieval period, especially the Viking Age, in: Scandinavia, the North Atlantic Region, NW Siberia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Isle of Man
  • 19th and early 20th century in: Scotland, the North Atlantic Region, and Canada
  • Excavation and environmental sampling methods
  • Ground-truthing of remote sensing anomalies, including multi-spectral satellite imagery
  • Microrefuse analysis
  • Space syntax analysis in archaeology
  • Human-environment-animal interactions
  • Social archaeology of houses, farmsteads, and transhumant/nomadic pastoralist sites
  • Migrations and invasions and relationships between incomers and indigenous peoples
  • Impacts of culture contact on material culture, especially residential architecture and objects used in everyday life
  • Ethnoarchaeology and ethno-historic archaeology, especially to help develop new methodologies for the interpretation of activity areas
  • Experimental archaeology

Dr Andrew R Millard

  • Bayesian statistical methods in archaeology, including dating, isotope analysis and predictive modelling
  • Developing new approaches to Bayesian chronology building for application to any dating methods
  • Statistics in human osteology, including age estimation
  • Chemical and biochemical methods in archaeology
  • Elemental and isotopic analysis of bones and teeth to investigate diet and migration, including weaning
  • Bone diagenesis
  • Chronology of hominid evolution

Professor Janet Montgomery

  • Isotopic and trace element studies of diet and residential mobility in modern and archaeological humans and animals
  • Fundamental and developmental aspects of isotope and trace element systems in bone, teeth and the environment

Julius Morche


Professor Paul D. Murray


Professor Daniel Newman

  • Arabic geographical and travel literature (with special focus on Arab travellers to Europe)
  • Erotology and sexuality in the mediaeval Muslim world
  • History of Translation in the Arab world
  • Mediaeval Arab food
  • The Tunisian and Egyptian Nahda movements

Prof John O'Brien


Dr Ronan O'Donnell

  • Non-Representational Theories
  • 20th-century archaeology
  • Medieval and post-medieval archaeology
  • Landscape archaeology
  • The use of historical methods and sources within archaeological research
  • The relationship between landscape, society and land tenure
  • Agricultural history

Dr Celia Orsini

  • Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture
  • British Archaeology
  • Death and burial in early medieval Europe
  • Early medieval medicine
  • Landscape archaeology

Dr Toby Osborne

  • dynastic politics in early modern Europe
  • the courts of Catholic Europe, particularly in the Mediterranean region

Dr Yarí Pérez Marín

  • Caribbean Literature and Culture
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Early Modern Studies
  • Film Studies
  • History of Science

Dr Richard Pears


Dr David Petts

  • early medieval Britain, particularly northern England and Scotland
  • early medieval Christianity
  • early medieval to contemporary maritime cultural landscape
  • post-medieval religion, ritual and belief
  • 20th-century archaeology

Professor Michael Prestwich

  • English medieval military history
  • English political and constitutional history in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries
  • The Hundred Years War

Professor Barbara Ravelhofer


Professor Nicole Reinhardt

  • interaction between religion and politics
  • norms, ethics and institutions in early modern Europe

Dr Alberto Rigolio


Professor Fiona Robertson

  • 18th- and 19th-Century British and American Literature
  • Romantic Poetry and Prose
  • Literature, Architecture, and Design 1750-1850
  • Traditions of Literary Romance
  • Sir Walter Scott
  • Romantic Antiquarianism

Professor David Rollason

  • Anglo-Saxon Northumbria
  • Palace-Cities in Japan, Europe, and the Middle East
  • Royal and Imperial Sites in Europe
  • Symeon of Durham's historical writing

Dr Lynda Rollason


Dr Susan Royal


Dr Charlie Rozier

  • Medieval Manuscript Studies
  • Perceptions of the Past (Medieval and Modern)
  • The Anglo-Norman World, c.900-1200
  • Writing History in the Middle Ages

Dr Amy Russell


Professor Alec Ryrie

  • History and theology of the English Reformation
  • History and theology of the Scottish Reformation
  • Piety, prayer and spirituality in Protestantism
  • Moderation in the Reformation era
  • Magic and faith in early modern Europe

Professor Corinne Saunders

  • history of ideas
  • history of women and women's writing
  • medieval and Renaissance Romance
  • old and middle English literature
  • old French literature

Professor Len Scales

  • politics, society and political ideas in later medieval Germany

Professor Geoffrey Scarre

  • Death
  • Ethics of Archaeology
  • Evil
  • Forgiveness
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Moral responsibility
  • Utilitarianism

Dr Marc Schachter

  • Early Modern French Literature and Culture
  • Early modern seditious literature
  • History of the Book
  • Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature
  • Sexuality and Gender Studies
  • Textual Editing and Commentaries
  • The Classical Tradition
  • Translation Studies

Dr Oscar Schiavone

  • Contemporary poetry
  • Dante studies (reception and commentary tradition)
  • Early modern politics and state formation processes
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti's art and poetry
  • Petrarchism
  • Renaissance diplomacy and bureaucracy

Professor Richard Scholar

  • French language and literature
  • Early modern studies
  • Comparative literature
  • Translation and transcultural studies
  • Word histories
  • Critical methodologies

Dr Clemence Schultze

  • Dionysius of Halicarnassus
  • Roman republican history and historians
  • Pliny the Elder
  • Classical reception C19 Britain & France

Professor Sarah Semple

  • Religion, belief and popular practices in pre-Christian and Conversion Period Europe
  • The archaeology of governance and power in North West Europe
  • Death and burial in early medieval Britain
  • Church archaeology and monasticism
  • Material culture, memory and commemoration
  • Landscape archaeology

Dr Hector Sequera

  • Renaissance performance practice
  • Lute Sources
  • Printed and manuscript sources in context
  • Vocal music c. 1440-1700
  • Early Opera

Professor Graeme Small

  • French and Anglo-Norman Vernacular historography 12th-15th centuries
  • Town council minutes 13th-16th centuries (France, Low Countries, British Isles)
  • The historical writings of Johan Huizinga
  • The Valois Burgundian court
  • French political life, 1300-1500

Dr Aaron Spink


Dr Clare Stancliffe

  • Christianity in Britain, especially Northumbria, to c. 800
  • Early Irish Church
  • Early western hagiography
  • Relations between the Britons and Anglo-Saxons in the early middle ages

Professor Paul Starkey

  • Arabic literature
  • Arabic/English translation

Dr Heidi Stoner

  • Anglo-Saxon art and culture
  • Early Christian Art and Architecture
  • Early Medieval Architecture and Sculpture
  • Iconography
  • Insular Church Foundations
  • Insular Manuscripts
  • Late Antiquity
  • Manx Sculpture
  • Material Culture
  • The Early Church in the North Atlantic
  • Viking-age Christianity
  • Visual Culture

Professor Luke Sunderland

  • Medieval Encyclopaedias
  • The Visual Construction of Knowledge
  • Medieval French Literature
  • Medieval Occitan Literature
  • Franco-Italian Literature
  • Medieval Libraries
  • Medieval Translation

Dr Elizabeth Swann


Dr Adam Talib

  • Classical Arabic Poetry
  • Arabic literary history and the canon
  • Comparative Islamicate poetry: the development of poetic traditions in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman literatures
  • Classical Arabic literary scholarship: rhetoric, criticism, and prosody
  • Literary Translation

Prof Brian Tanner

  • metallic multilayers
  • semiconductors and ceramics
  • X-ray scattering and magnetism

Professor Stephen Taylor

  • Politics and religion in eighteenth-century England
  • Religious conformity in the English revolution
  • The Hanoverian monarchy and court culture, especially Caroline of Ansbach
  • The Church of England and Anglicanism from the 16th to the 19th century
  • The revolution of 1688
  • Newsletters and news culture in the later seventeenth century
  • John, Lord Hervey

Dr Dario Tessicini


Dr Edmund Thomas

  • Roman Architecture
  • Monumentality
  • Ancient Aesthetics
  • Roman Epigraphy
  • Classicism
  • Roman Sarcophagi
  • Vitruvius
  • Light in Architecture
  • Spirally fluted columns

Dr Emily Thomas

  • Space and time
  • Early modern metaphysics
  • Nineteenth & twentieth century metaphysics
  • Women in the history of philosophy
  • Philosophy of travel
  • Pictures in the history of philosophy

Dr Sara L. Uckelman

  • Mathematical Logic
  • Medieval Logic
  • Modal Logic
  • Onomastics
  • Philosophical Logic
  • Philosophy of Fiction
  • Philosophy of Language

Dr Susan Valladares

  • Theatre; drama; performance; long eighteenth century; Romanticism; politics; satirical prints; gender; race

Dr Rik Van Nieuwenhove


Dr Francesco Venturi

  • Renaissance literature and culture
  • Modern and contemporary literature
  • Petrarchism and anti-petrarchism
  • 20th-century Italian poetry and prose
  • Digital humanities
  • Commentary tradition, self-exegesis
  • Textual criticism, editing
  • Archives, unpublished texts
  • Carlo Emilio Gadda, Andrea Zanzotto

Dr Emily Williams


Professor Philip Williamson

  • British politics and government 1900-1960
  • the British state, religion and public values since 1830
  • the churches and national worship in the United Kingdom and the Empire since 1688
  • the modern British monarchy
  • the City of London and government since 1850

Professor Andy Wood

  • English social history, c.1500-1750, especially: popular politics; riot and rebellion; social relations; custom and the law; popular memory; literacy and oral tradition; social and economic change
  • The mid-Tudor crisis
  • The English Revolution
  • Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to social memory

Dr Christine Woodhead


Dr Gabriele Wright

  • Having researched Hildegard of Bingen, concentrating on Scivias and the Ordo Virtutum, I am working on a translation of her Liber Divinorum Operum.
  • More recently, I have worked in the fields of language pedagogy, translation theory and history of translation in order to enhance my undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
  • I have given several conference papers on Hildegard and my more recent areas of interest.

Dr Diana Wyatt


Professor Thomas Wynn