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Dr Robin Whelan BA, MSt, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Mediterranean History History


Personal Statement

I am a cultural historian of the Mediterranean world in late antiquity and the early middle ages. My research and teaching focus on the later Roman Empire and its early medieval successors, with a particular interest in issues of religious diversity, social identity, ethnic communities, and political culture. My first book, Being Christian in Vandal Africa (University of California Press, 2018) was about the consequences of church conflict in post-Roman Africa (modern-day Tunisia and Algeria). My current project considers how Christian ideology reshaped the representation and practice of governance in late antiquity.

Before coming to Liverpool in January 2018, I was Hulme Humanities Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (2014-2018), and a temporary Lecturer in Early Medieval History at Balliol College, Brasenose College and St Peter’s College (2016/17). Prior to that, I did a BA in History and an MSt in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at Oxford, and a PhD in Classics at Cambridge (2010-2014).