University of Oxford - Humanities Division

Head of Division

Chris Wickham, an eminent historian of medieval Europe, has been at Oxford since 2005 as Chichele Professor of Medieval History and Fellow of All Souls College. Following undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Oxford, Chris was at the University of Birmingham, latterly as Professor of Early Medieval History. At Oxford, Chris has served as Chair of the History Faculty Board, the Head of the History Sub Panel for REF 2014 and Associate Head of Division (Research). Prior to his appointment as Head of the Humanities Division, Chris served on a range of University bodies, including as a member of Council elected by Congregation. Chris is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, the lead of the British Academy for Open Access, and a socio of the Accademia dei Lincei. His numerous awards include the British Academy’s Serena Medal 2014 for Italian History.
His research focusses on medieval social history, extending one way to economic history and archaeology, the other way to cultural history and political action. He has published 10 authored books, most recently Sleepwalking into a New World: The Emergence of Italian City Communes in the Twelfth Century (Princeton University Press, 2015).

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