Program director

Professor Megan Cassidy-Welch

Medieval history; history of the crusades, history and memory, gender history; religious history

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Dr Michael Barbezat

Medieval and early modern history; medieval European religious, intellectual, and cultural history; history of Christianity; history of emotions; history of sexuality; medieval heresy; magic; medieval ideas of the afterlife; and medieval devotional cultures

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Dr Clare Davidson

Middle English literature; history of emotions; gender and sexuality; medievalism; Australian legal history

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Dr Shannon Gilmore-Kuziow

Art and architectural history; medieval and early modern studies; ritual practice; sacred space; affective piety; material culture

Dr Andrew McKenzie-McHarg

Early modern anti-Jesuit rhetoric; radical Enlightenment; early modern autobiographies; anonymity; secrecy; secret societies; conceptual history

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Professor Christopher Ocker

Late medieval and early modern Europe; Central Europe; the Reformations; religious conflict; property; politics; theology; biblical interpretation

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Dr Miles Pattenden

Catholic Church; papacy; early modern Italy; early modern Spain

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Dr Rachel K. Teubner

Medieval and Renaissance literature; Christian theology

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Affiliate researchers

Professor Peter Howard

Renaissance preaching; religion in Florence in the fifteenth century; Italian Renaissance history, with a focus on Florence; medieval and early modern sermon studies; medieval and early modern intellectual history; religious and ecclesiastical history; historical theology

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Dr Sarah Bendall

Women and gender; material culture and dress; histories of trade and consumption; artisans, guilds and production; experimental history; early modern ecologies.

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Professor Susan Broomhall FAHA

Women and gender; emotions; science, technologies, and knowledge practices; material culture; cultural contact and global encounters; heritage of the early modern world

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Dr Michael Champion

Early Christianity; late-antique and medieval history; ancient philosophy; Classical to Byzantine cultural and intellectual history; history of emotions; history of violence; Classical receptions

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Dr Rachel Davies 

Early Franciscan thought and practice; Carmelite spirituality; medieval and early modern mystical theologies; christologies; the divine ideas; negative theology; Mother Teresa; issues around suffering, embodiment and death

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Dr Benjamin DeSpain

Systematic and historical theology; philosophical theology; moral philosophy; Platonism; Thomas Aquinas

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Dr Kristie Patricia Flannery

The Spanish Empire; empire and colonialism; migration; urban history; early modern Atlantic and Pacific worlds

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Dr Sarah Gador-Whyte

Late-antique and Byzantine hymnography and homiletics; Byzantine liturgy; late-antique cultural interactions; late-antique history and historiography; religious conflict; history of emotions

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Dr Michael Hanaghan

Latin epistolography; historiography; panegyric

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Jack Norman

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Dr Jessica O'Leary

Women and gender; global encounters; politics; diplomacy; cultural exchange; epistolarity; textual culture

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Associate Professor Darius von Güttner Sporzynski

East Central Europe; Jagiellon Dynasty; Christianisation; sejm; Poland; queenship; queens consorts; crusades; Hospitallers; histories of trade and consumption; early modern ecologies

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Dr Jonathan Zecher

Early Christianity; late antique cultures; late antique history; ancient medicine; early monasticism; patristics; Byzantine theology; eastern Orthodox spirituality; medical humanities; health humanities; Greek

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Research students

Lana Stephens

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