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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Paul Stephenson

Paul Stephenson is Head of the School of History and Heritage and a member of the College of Arts management team. In the past two decades Stephenson has been Professor of Medieval History at Radboud University, Nijmegen, in the Netherlands; Professor of Medieval History at Durham University; Rowe Professor of Byzantine History at the University of Wisconsin and Dumbarton Oaks (Trustees for Harvard University) in the USA. He has also taught for short periods at King’s College, London, University College, Cork, and the University of California, San Diego. Stephenson’s published work has focused on the political and cultural history of the Roman Empire in late antiquity and the Middle Ages, generally called Byzantium. He is author and editor of eight books, including Byzantium’s Balkan Frontier (2000), The Legend of Basil the Bulgar-slayer (2003), and Fountains and Water Culture in Byzantium (edited with Brooke Shilling, 2016), all with Cambridge University Press, and The Byzantine World (Routledge, 2010). His Constantine: Unconquered Emperor, Christian Victor (London, 2009; New York, 2010), has been translated into several languages and appeared in a US History Book Club edition. His latest monograph, published by Oxford University Press, is The Serpent Column: a cultural biography.

Department Responsibilities

Paul Stephenson is Professor of History and Head of School, History and Heritage, College of Arts. He is responsible for established and emerging programmes in history, history of art, classical studies, conservation, cultural heritage, philosophy, and medieval studies. He directs Lincoln Conservation, the university’s commercial conservation and heritage consultancy.

Subject Specialism

Byzantine, Mediterranean, Medieval, and Roman history; art and cultural history; reception history and memory; political and military history; scanning, material culture and heritage


  • PhD — University of Cambridge, 1996
  • MSt — University of Oxford, 1992
  • BA, MA — University of Cambridge, 1991


  • Onassis Senior Visiting Scholar (Penn, Ohio State) — Alexander S. Onassis Foundation,
  • Vasiliadis Visiting Professor of History — University of California, San Diego,
  • Conference staging grant (€22,000) — Swedish National Bank Cultural Foundation,
  • Visiting Scholar (one month) — National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens,
  • Postdoctoral stipendiary (one month) — Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University,
  • Small project grant (£6800) — British Academy,
  • Fellow (academic year) — Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study,
  • Fellow (one semester) — University of Wisconsin Institute for the Humanities,
  • Onassis Research Fellow — Alexander S. Onassis Foundation,
  • Humboldt Foundation Fellow (Mainz, academic year) — Alexander Humboldt Stiftung,
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Keble College, University of Oxford — British Academy,


Editorial Board, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis: Studia Byzantina Upsaliensia, Uppsala University Press Editorial Board, Translated Texts for Byzantinists, Liverpool and Chicago University Presses Editorial Board, Brill Research Perspectives in Byzantine Studies Director and Heritage Consultant, Lincoln Conservation

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Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • International Network Grant: ‘Byzantine Receptions Network’ — awarded £25000 by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2015
  • Constantinople Beyond the Walls (doctoral funding award) — awarded £154000 by Netherlands Research Organisation (NWO) in 2014

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Fellow
  • British School at Athens — Contributing Member
  • Royal Historical Society — Fellow