James Duncan

Postgraduate Research Student


Thesis Title

“The Construction of Christian Identity in Late Antique North Africa, 350-533”


The PhD project I am undertaking, supervised by Robin Whelan and Marios Costambeys, began in late 2020. Prior to beginning my research at the University of Liverpool, I completed an MLitt in Medieval History at the University of St Andrews (2019-20), which itself followed my undergraduate study if History there (MA, 2015-19).

Research Interests

My interests surround the topic of religious identity within Late Antiquity. Currently I am researching the construction of the other by Christian authors in Late Roman and Vandal Africa, alongside investigating the use of the biblical past, most prominently the use of biblical personalities and characters, in order to shape Christian identity. My primary focus is on Quodvultdeus of Carthage.

Research Funding

HLC Studentship