History, University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology Colloquium 2021 - Event Organiser
Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies Symposium 2021 - Volunteer
Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire Project - Listed Collaborator
Numismatics, Political Ideology, Late Roman Economy, Late Antiquity
Royal Numismatic Society
Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies
I graduated in 2015 with a First in BA Ancient and Medieval History (Hons) from the University of Birmingham. My research interests focused on the transitionary period of Late Antiquity and the political ideology of Eastern Roman Empire. This culminated in a dissertation that explored the nature of usurpation within the seventh and early-eighth century empire, with particular emphasis on the apparent emergence of populist revolts (supervised by Professor Leslie Brubaker). For this piece of work I received the Whitting Prize and R.H.C. Davies Award for best dissertation in the fields of Byzantine Studies and Medieval History respectively.
In 2016 I graduated with a Distinction after having completed my MA degree in Byzantine Studies, again at the University of Birmingham. During this time my interest in the Late Antique eastern Mediterranean continued and expanded to include further research on the economy and archaeology of the period. I was also fortunate enough to engage with the extensive collection of Roman and Byzantine coins at the Barber Institute of Fine Art, and assisted in the cataloguing of this material. My Master's thesis combined my interests in political ideology and material culture to analyse the political messages presented on Romano-Byzantine coinage between AD286-610, as presented in their imagery and inscriptions (again supervised by Professor Leslie Brubaker, funded by Distinguished Alumni and College of Arts and Law Scholarships). A specific aspect of this project was concerned with the process of Christianisation throughout the empire during this period, how this ideological shift affected concepts of imperial rulership, and how this change translated to coinage as the most widely-distributed medium of state-selected imagery.
Following a four year break from academia, during which I primarily worked in the transport and logistics industries, I have returned to the University of Birmingham to undertake PhD research. This project will once again focus on the political messages of Late Roman coinage (supervised by Dr. Daniel Reynolds at the University of Birmingham and Professor Kevin Butcher at the University of Warwick, funded by Midlands4Cities).
2020 - Midlands4Cities AHRC Doctoral Studentship Award
2015 - College of Arts and Law Scholarship (University of Birmingham)
2015 - Distinguished Alumni Scholarship (University of Birmingham)
2015 - Whitting Award for Byzantine Studies (Unversity of Birmingham)
2015 - R.H.C. Davies Award for Medieval History (University of Birmingham)