PhD Students

I have a very good track record of attracting students interested in doctoral study, and supporting suitable candidates through the process of applying for funding. I am currently working with five candidates aiming to start PhD study with me from October 2019, and I am currently supervisor to two doctoral candidates. I am interested in supervising students interested in working on material perspectives on pre-modern global history, the Roman or Byzantine economy, numismatics and the western Indian Ocean in Late Antiquity. Vivek Vasan, a student currently applying with my support for a PhD scholarship, can be found here talking about the experience of being an international student at Birkbeck.

Students currently supervising:

Sidin Sunny: October 2017-, PhD project on the role of charity in the early Islamic economy, supported by the ESRC

Chris Budleigh: January 2016-, PhD project on the Middle Byzantine Economy


Supporting doctoral learning:

CHASE Doctoral Consortium Training Programme

    • In 2018 with a colleague working on early modern history I successfully applied for funding through the CHASE consortium to organise a doctoral training workshop series entitled ‘Objects in Space, Subjects in Time: The Material Cultures of Postcolonial History’. This brings together doctoral students working in history (ancient to modern), art history and archaeology. The programme, currently ongoing, will conclude in July 2019 with mentoring programme at Westminster Kingsway Sixth Form College and a series of podcasts to be made publicly available. Participants will attend workshops at:
      • Derek Jarman Lab (on post-colonialism and film culture)
      • British Library
      • British Museum
      • London Mithraeum
      • Victoria and Albert Museum


Birkbeck Medieval PhD Reading Group

    • Beginning in Autumn 2017 I initiated a PhD reading group for students working on Late Antique and Medieval topics, focussed on exposing students to theoretical perspectives not immediately related to their topics and fostering a sense of PhD community. It has been immensely popular, meets twice per term and is now largely student-coordinated.


External Examining

    • I have been invited to act as external examiner of one PhD thesis, on Byzantine numismatics, by the University of Birmingham in 2017.