About Jamie Wood
I am a Principal Lecturer in History in the School of History and Heritage and School Director of Learning and Teaching. I specialise in the social and cultural history of the late antique and early Medieval Mediterranean, particularly Spain. I’ve worked on history-writing, identity, education, cultural memory, and violence in this period and am currently developing a project on the role of violence in education from 100-700 CE. I’d be interested in supervising PhD, MA and undergraduate dissertations in any of these areas.
In October 2011 I finished a Leverhulme Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowship entitled ‘Cultivating Conflict in Late Roman Spain’ in Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester and then taught there for 18 months. I have also lectured in History, Classics and Ancient History, and Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the Universities of Sheffield, Warwick and Liverpool. I became a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and from January-June 2014 I was a visiting lecturer at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. I have also researched at the Universities of Salamanca, Santander and Granada in Spain. In May 2015 I became a visiting fellow of the John Rylands Research Institute, at the University of Manchester, working on a project entitled “To be the neighbour of San Pedro: Divine Judgement in tenth century northern Spain”.
In terms of teaching, I’m particularly interested in the role of active, inquiry-based and online pedagogies in higher education. From 2007-2009 I worked as an educational developer at the Centre for Inquiry-based learning in the Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. I am Fellow and Academic Associate of the Higher Education Academy.
I am School Director of Learning and Teaching. I co-convene the core first year module The Historian's Craft. At second year level I lead a module called The Rise of Islam: Religion, culture and war in the Middle East in Late Antiquity and co-convene From Caesar to Arthur: The Rise and Fall of Roman Britain. At third year level I teach a module called The Goths: Barbarians through History. I also do bits and pieces of teaching on other undergraduate and MA modules. I convene an MA module on hagiography (Saints and Scholars) and lead my own module on the Fall of the Western Roman Empire.
I’m interested in supervising dissertations on late antique and early medieval history (pre-1000), particularly on education and learning, history-writing, violence in social relations, Spain, the Goths, and identity construction and manipulation.
FEEDBACK HOURS (2016-17): Tuesdays, 1-2; Wednesdays, 4-5.
Early Medieval History, Late Antiquity, Historiography, Violence and Education, Spain, Goths and Romans
PhD Classics and Ancient History
— University of Manchester, 2007
MA Medieval History
— University of Manchester, 2003
BA (Hons.) History
— University of Manchester, 2001
Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowship (University of Manchester)
— Leverhulme Trust,
Research Travel Funding (Universidad de Salamanca, Spain): £1600
Doctoral Funding Award (University of Manchester)
MA Funding Award (University of Manchester)