The current steering group comprises:

Dr. Ruth Connolly (SELLL)

Dr. Rachel Hammersley (SHCA)

Dr. Magnus Williamson (SACS)

Dr. Kirsten Gibson (SACS)


MedLAB Convenors:

Professor Sam Turner

Maria Duggan


Research staff and postgraduates:

School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Professor Tom Cain (Emeritus)

Professor Kate Chedgzoy
- Professor Chedgzoy’s research interests cover Renaissance drama, particularly Shakespeare; early modern women's writing; and children's literature. She approaches all three areas from a theoretically-engaged feminist perspective.
- Her current research project investigates MS writings by children as a source for both literary history and the history of childhood. 'Renaissance Childhood: A Literary History' aims to establish, analyse, and make visible the corpus of early modern juvenilia; and to investigate how children’s authorship emerged from a matrix of cultural materials and influences. The goal is to reimagine the Renaissance, and construct a new literary history of it, from the point of view of children.
- Prof. Chedgzoy is currently planning a project on how Shakespeare is adapted for performance by and for children.

Dr Ruth Connolly
- Dr Connolly works on seventeenth-century literature, with interests in lyric poetry, lifewriting, early modern women's writing and scholarly editing. Her most recent work is a scholarly edition (with Tom Cain) of The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013), and articles and chapters on the 'Sons of Ben' (2016), on the childbirth poetics of Hester Pulter (2017), early modern women and Ireland (2017), and the poetics of exemplarity in Richard Lovelace's poetry (2017).
- Current  projects: a monograph on mid-seventeenth century poetry (including Lovelace, Pulter, Cowley and Milton); an edition of the Poetry of Ben Jonson (with Cain) for the Longmann's Annotated English Poets series; and, with Dr. Rachel Hammersley and Dr. Kirsten Gibson, developing a digital project on the history of print in Newcastle between 1639 and 1790.

Professor Matthew Grenby 
- Professor Grenby’s research interests cover children’s literature and culture in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; William Godwin and his correspondence; book history; the Romantic-era novel in Britain; political fiction of the 1790s and early 1800s, particularly so-called 'anti-Jacobin' writing.
- Recent publications include a second edition of Children's Literature (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014) and Little Goody Two Shoes and Other Stories published by John Newbery (Palgrave, 2013).
- Professor Grenby is currently working on an AHRC-funded project on children's literature and young people's engagement with heritage and the historic built environment, in partnership with English Heritage, Historic Royal Palaces, and Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books. He is currently editing volume 3 of the Oxford University Press edition of The Letters of William Godwin.

Professor Claire Lamont (Emerita)

Dr Kate De Rycker

- Dr De Rycker’s research interests are in the theatre and print culture of the early modern period, focussing especially on how ideas of authorship were changing with the growth of cheap print. She is interested in cultural mediation, trans-national relations in early modern Europe, and reception studies.

Recent publications include ‘Translating the Ragionamento: Reframing Pietro Aretino as the Castigator of Courtesans’ (Literature Compass 2015, 12(6), 299-309) and ‘The Italian Job: John Wolfe, Giacamo Castelvetro and printing Pietro Aretino’ (in eds. Kirwan, R. & Mullins, S. Specialist Markets in the Early Modern Book World. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2015, pp.240-256).

She is currently working on The Thomas Nashe Project which will result in a new collected works of  Nashe edited by Jennifer Richards (Newcastle), Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), Joseph Black (Amherst), and Cathy Shrank (Sheffield). She is also planning a project on literary fame in early modern Europe. 


Dr Aditi Nafde
- Dr Nafde's research interests include late medieval literature, especially literary manuscripts and early printed books, reading practices, and mise en page.
- She is currently writing a monograph on the poetic layouts of the manuscripts of Chaucer, Gower, and Hoccleve's works. She is also starting a new project on the effects of print practices on the production of manuscripts.
- Recent publications include: ‘Hoccleve’s Hands: The mise-en-page of the Autograph and Non-Autograph Manuscripts’. Journal of the Early Book Society for the Study of Manuscripts and Printing History (JEBS) 2013, 16, 49-74 and ‘Stanza Markers in MSS Arundel 38 and Harley 4866 of Hoccleve’s Regiment Of Princes’. Notes and Queries 2014, 16:1, 15-18.

Professor Mike Pincombe
- Research interests range across Tudor and Elizabethan literature, including  A Mirror for Magistrates, Titus Andronicus, and tragedy more broadly.
- Currently preparing a chapter on “A Mirror for Magistrates and the virorum illustrium tradition.” for Reading and History in A Mirror for Magistrates. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Professor Jennifer Richards
- Professor Richards’ research interests include the works of Spenser, Shakespeare and Milton, but she specialises in the writers of the mid to late sixteenth century. She works across several fields: the history of ideas (and political thought), the history of reading, the history of rhetoric and the medical humanities.
- Recent work includes: “Health, Intoxication and Civil Conversation in Renaissance England” in Past and Present 2014,222 (Supp.9); and “Diagnosing the Body Politic: Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part Two” in Literature, Science and Medicine in the Early Modern Period (Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2013).  
- Currently writing a new monograph, 'Shared Reading in the English Renaissance', which aims to discover who read aloud/heard books - boys and girls, women of different social ranks, servants, university students, working men and women - and what this meant for the semi-literate, civic culture of this period.

Professor Mike Rossington
- Professor Rossington’s research interests include: Poetry, life-writing and political discourse in Britain and Europe 1760-1840, especially the writings of Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley, republican ideas and comparatist approaches to Enlightenment and Romantic-period literature; bibliography; comparative literature; reception; textual editing; translation.
- Recent work includes co-editing, co-introducing, and contributing an essay to a George Crabbe Special Issue, 'Crabbe's Tales', to be published in Romanticism, 20.2 (July 2014); and
- He is currently co-ordinating the fifth and final volume of the 'Longman Annotated English Poets' edition of 'The Poems of Shelley' with Jack Donovan, Kelvin Everest and Francesco Rognoni.

Professor Julie Sanders

- Professor Sanders' research interests include drama, especially the plays of Ben Jonson, the role of space, place and geography in relation to drama and performance, and gender, women's writing and the role of women in early modern culture. 

- recent work includes Ben Jonson's 'Foot Journey' to Scotland: An Annotated Edition (CUP); The Cambridge Introduction to Early Modern Drama and an edition of The New Inn for The Cambridge Works of Ben Jonson.

Professor Diana Whaley (Emerita)
- Prof. Whaley’s research interests are Old Norse-Icelandic literature, especially skaldic poetry and sagas of poets, historical writings including sagas of kings, and sagas of bishops; onomastics, especially the place-names of Northern England.
- Recent publications include “Scarborough Revisited” (in Nomina 2010, 33) and editing Poetry from the Kings' Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2012)
- She is currently researching Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages.


English and Linguistics Post-graduates:

Zhen Gong - PhD
Primary research centers on early modern utopian literature. Other interests include political philosophy and the problem of theory and practice in intellectual history.


School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Dr Scott Ashley
- Dr Ashley’s research interests lie in the history of Europe from late-antiquity to eleventh century, including: Anglo-Saxon England and the Carolingian Empire; the history and archaeology of Scandinavia and the Viking diaspora, from Russia and the Islamic world in the east to the North Atlantic and the American coasts in the west.
- He is currently writing a book on the Vikings and world history to be published by Yale University Press, as well as completing articles on the Icelandic experience of the Byzantine Empire, the return of Halley's Comet to Earth in 837 (the closest ever recorded pass), and the ecology of feuding in Saga Iceland.  

Dr Helen Berry
- Dr Berry specialises in British history circa 1660 to 1800, with a particular interest in social, cultural and economic history, including: the history of the mass media - the rise of newspapers and periodicals that reflected and informed public debates from the late-seventeenth century onwards; coffee house sociability and politeness; the history of gender and sexuality, particularly in the shifting definitions of marriage over time.
- Her current projects are Inspirational Women of North-East England: Past, Present, Future and Rivers of the Anthropocene: Part I - The Ohio/Tyne Rivers.

Dr Rob Collins
- Dr Collins' research and teaching interests are on the transition of northern and western Eurpoe from the later Roman period into the early Middle Ages, frontiers, and artefacts.
- PDRA for the Frontiers of the Roman Empire Digital Humanities Initiative (FREDHI) and an educator on the Hadrian's Wall MOOC
- Recent projects include Burial in Early Bernicia and NU Digital Heritage.
- Key publications are Hadrian's Wall and the End of Empire (2012, Routledge), Finds from the Frontier (2010, CBA), and Roman Military Architecture on the Frontiers: Armies and Their Architecture in Late Antiquity (2015, Oxbow), along with a number of papers in edited volumes and journals.

Dr David Creese
- As a classicist with a consuming interest in music, Dr Creese’s research interests centre around the ways in which music was involved in Greek intellectual life and literary culture.
- Recent projects include: an article on the rhetoric of choreia and the institutions surrounding competitive choral song in Demosthenes 21 Against Meidias; a reassessment of a fragment of Panaetius (possibly the Stoic Panaetius of Rhodes) that concerns musical intervals and musical perception.
- Currently researching the Renaissance reception of ancient Greek musical discourse and melody and the post-classical history of canonics

Dr Philip Garrett
- Dr Garrett's primary research area is early medieval Japanese provincial society (1200-1400), and his teaching spans Japan’s earliest societies to the near-present day. His primary focus is on the temple complex Kōyasan in Kii Province (Wakayama Prefecture) and its involvement with the society of the surrounding area, drawing in themes of social ritual and social control, banditry (akutō), land disputes (sōron), and the position of provincial warrior-managers in the temple and its estates.
- Recent publications include “Crime on the Estates: Justice and Politics in the Kōyasan Domain” (Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 41, no. 1, 2015), an investigation of legal jurisdiction, medieval ASBOs and local society in Japan. He is also involved in research into historical tsunami events on the Kii peninsula and Nankai region.

Dr Rachel Hammersley
- Dr Hammersley is an intellectual historian with particular interests in British and French history during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
- Recent projects include an exploration of the dissemination of English republican works and ideas in France during the eighteenth century.
- Currently researching The Translation, Dissemination and Reception of English Republican Works in Europe, c1640-1871, along with editing a volume on Revolutions (Textual Moments in Revolutionary Thought) for Bloomsbury Academic and writing a book on the Enlightenment for Yale, which attempts to bring together the intellectual and the social/cultural history of the movement.

Dr Mark Jackson
- Dr Jackson’s research and teaching focuses on the First Millennium AD in the Eastern Mediterranean particularly the 7th and 8th centuries. He works on themes of urban and rural settlement, landscape and material culture and has hosted several conferences that have sought to take an interdisciplinary approach to the role of archaeology within Byzantine studies. He is writing up the excavations of the Byzantine phases at Kilise Tepe in southern Turkey (
- Current and recent fieldwork projects include the survey of Late Roman D pottery kilns found in Turkey as part of the Pisidia Survey Project, publication of late burials from Çatalhöyük excavations, participation in the Apalirou Environs Survey, Naxos and the Bogsak Survey Project, Turkey.
- Dr Jackson also has a long-standing research interest in the archaeologist Gertrude Bell and manages the Gertrude Bell photographic Archive for the School of History Classics and Archaeology.

Dr Adam Morton
- Dr Morton's research interests lie in the very long English Reformation - which he defines as c.1530-1700 - with an explicit focus on anti-Catholicism, inter-confessional relations, and visual/material culture.
- He is currently writing a monograph on the formation of a post-Reformation visual culture in England, and has published on anti-Catholicism, toleration and news culture. He is also part of a HERA-funded project investigating the pan-European cultural transfer stimulated by Queens Consort in the early modern period:
- Recent publications include two edited collection of essays: Illustrated Religious Texts in the North of Europe (Ashgate, 2014); and Getting Along? Religious Identities and Confessional Relations in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2012).

Dr Susanna Philippo
- Dr Philippo’s research interests cover Greek tragedy, Greek influence on European literature and culture and new approaches to Greek beginners' language teaching
- Recent publications include: Hellenic Whispers: Modes of Greek Literary Influence in Seventeenth-Century French Drama (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013) and “'A future for Astyanax': alternative and imagined futures for Hector's son in classical and European drama” (in International Journal of the Classical Tradition 2007, 14(3-4) ).

Dr Luc Racaut
- Dr Racaut has published extensively in the field of the history of printing and religious reform during the French Wars of Religion. His most recent publications outline how Catholic reform was pursued in print in general and the role that printers played in particular.
- Recent publications include: Moderate Voices in the European Reformation (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005) (with A. Ryrie); and '"La boutique de malédiction": Jean Boucher et l'hypocrisie' in Œuvres et Critiques 2013, 38(2).
- He is currently researching the depiction of the body in pain in late medieval representations of the passion and public executions, and how this served a didactic function and followed a code that was well understood.

Dr Elizabeth Redgate
- Dr Redgate's current research interests are conversion to Christianity; formation and maintenance of ethnic/national identity; political ideology, image-building and propagation from the period of Late Antiquity to c. 1066 in Armenia and in the British Isles.
- She is currently working on a book for Pearsons: Religion, Politics and Society in Britain 800-1066.

Dr Thomas Rütten
- Dr Rütten is the Director of the Northern Centre for the History of Medicine, a Research Centre at Newcastle University with a research focus on early modern medicine, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Early Science and Medicine. He also supervises PhD students working on early modern medico-historical topics.
- Recent publications include “Masquerades with the Dead: The Laughing Democritus in an observatio on Melancholy by Pieter van Foreest” (in Y. Haskell (Ed.), Diseases of the Imagination and Imaginary Disease in the Early Modern Period, Turnhout: Brepols Publishers 2011) and “Early Modern Medicine” (in M. Jackson (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2011).
- Up-coming publications include “Hippokrateskommentare im 16. Jahrhundert: Peter Memms Eidkommentar als Paradigma eines gegenwartsbezogenen Genres” (in B. Holmes and K.-D. Fischer (Eds), The Frontiers of Ancient Science: Essays in Honor of Heinrich von Staden, Berlin: de Gruyter 2014).

Professor Sam Turner
- Prof. Turner’s research and teaching interests focus on the landscapes of Britain and Europe after the Roman period, and on medieval archaeology (particularly early medieval religion).
- Director of the McCord Centre for Historic and Cultural Landscape. Also convenes the School's Landscapes Research Strand and co-convenes Med.LA.B - a forum for early medieval, late Antique and Byzantine research.
- Recent projects include: Making Christian Landscapes: Early Medieval Ireland, Tyne and Wear Historic Landscape Characterisation and Unlocking Historic Landscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean.


History, Classics and Archaeology Post-graduates:

David Astbury - MLitt Archaeology
Medieval settlement and landscape studies in North Tyneside.

Vicky Manolopoulou – PhD Archaeology
Research interest lies on understanding cultural landscapes (particularly medieval sacred landscapes) and the way people engage with them, from past to present. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the role that religious processions played in the way people engaged with the sacred landscape, in 10th century Constantinople. Current work includes: (2013) ‘Processing emotion: litanies in Byzantine Constantinople’, in Nesbitt, C. and Jackson, M. (eds) Experiencing Byzantium. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 153-172. She is a member of the McCord Centre for Historic and Cultural Landscape and involved in the project Unlocking Historic Landscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean and working at the Gertrude Bell Archive.


Cara Middlemass - PhD History
English mourning jewellery, 1500-1800.

Sam Petty - PhD History
Research interests lie in English writing and ideas towards the colonisation of the New World in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (particularly their perceptions of the Spanish empire), as well as the study of colonial promotional literature as a literary genre. He is also interested in the transmission of ideas and intellectual networks in the Atlantic world (16th, 17th and 18th centuries), as well as Atlantic history and the history of colonisation in general. 

Emily Mitchelson - PhD History
Research focuses particularly on early modern intellectual history, agrarian land law and the eighteenth-century commonwealth tradition. 


School of Arts and Cultures

Professor Eric Cross
- Prof. Cross’ research interests lie mainly in Italian baroque opera, especially the works of Vivaldi.
- He is currently editing a book on Charles Avison and is involved with The Cutting Edge, a 12-month project, funded by the JISC, bringing together different sources of information relating to several important archaeological and World Cultures collections within the Great North Museum and the wider Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums collections. (

Dr Kirsten Gibson
- Dr Gibson’s research focuses on: various aspects of musical and literary culture in early modern England; questions pertaining to early modern musical print culture, in particular the ways in which notions of musical creativity and authorship were mediated in print; relationships between Elizabethan and Jacobean court politics and secular art song; and the careers of musicians at the turn of the seventeenth century and the networks in which they lived and worked, and the ways in which discourses about masculinity during this period were negotiated in writings about music and musical practice.
- Current projects include research into the music sold by seventeenth-century Newcastle printer, William London and the music performed by eighteenth-century Newcastle hostman and diarist, Ralph Jackson.

Dr Vic Gammon
- Dr Gammon’s research interests include: British (particularly English) traditional song and instrumental music; North American traditional song and instrumental music; English venacular religious music; music social history; political song.
- Recent work includes an article on 'Five-Time in English Traditional Song' in Folk Music Journal.
- Current projects include the AHRC project 'Hit songs and their significance in seventeenth-century England' (AH/K003100/1), which aims to create a website featuring digital images and new recordings by the Carnival Band of 100 of the best-selling ballads from seventeenth-century England.

Dr. Lawrence Zazzo

-Research interests include Handel opera and oratorio, 18th-century opera audience reception and revival history, 17th and 18th century opera libretto authorship recognition and intertextuality, multilingualism in vocal music, countertenors and castrati in Baroque opera and oratorio, and historical performance practice, especially ornamentation, singing technique, and continuo realization. His own recordings are described at

-Recent papers/publications include “O Athamas . . . I cannot utter it: Who sang the Italian arias in the 1744 revival of Semele?” American Handel Festival 2017, Princeton University, "Troppo audace: Handel, Rolli, and Milton in the Italian-texted 1741 revival of L'Allegro,17th Biennial Conference on Baroque Music, Canterbury Christ Church University (July 2016), and "J'aurai des maitresses:  George II and language in the 1730s bilingual revivals of Esther," Händel-Jahrbuch (2015)

-He is currently collaborating with Professor Hans van Halteren at the University of Nijmegen, Netherlands, creating an online database and software for recognizing authorship fingerprints in anonymous Baroque opera libretti.


Dr Magnus Williamson
- Dr Williamson’s research focuses upon the music of late-medieval and early modern Europe, especially in the sources and contexts of early-Tudor polyphony.
- Currently based in France as a research fellow at the Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours, conducting various research projects on musical life and culture in France, for instance on the diocese of Le Mans (a small territory distinguished in the early sixteenth century as a particularly dynamic market for printed service books).
- Up-coming projects include: musical cultures and contexts in France from the English invasion to the wars of religion (1420s-1560s); spatial and acoustic experiences in medieval Europe, 500-1500.


Arts and Cultures Post-graduates:

Daisy Gibbs - PhD Music

Sarah Holmes - MLitt
Manuscript sources of Tudor-era church music.

Kate Lewis - MLitt
The history of the portrayal of women in in Broadside ballads and seafaring songs.

Daniel Rose-Jones - MLitt

Catherine Hanlon - MLitt
Humanism in Early Modern academic drama, particularly in the plays of Richard Edwards and William Gager.