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Who we are

The Centre reflects the research interests and aspirations of more than twenty members of staff across various disciplines: Archaeology; English; History; and Music. The CMRC community brings together senior scholars and renowned academics as well as postgraduate research students. A number of early-career researchers also contribute to the life of the Centre, including post-doctoral fellows attached to research projects and others funded by bodies.

Remy Ambuhl

Dr Rémy Ambühl

Rémy Ambühl is a Lecturer in Medieval History and Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture

George Bernard

Professor George Bernard

George Bernard is a Professor of Early Modern History, Heritage, Museums and Galleries Liaison Officer

Jakub Boguszak

Dr Jakub Boguszak

Jakub Boguszak is a Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Theatre and Senior Tutor

Alice hunt

Dr Alice Hunt

Alice Hunt is Associate Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture

Marianne O'Doherty

Dr Marianne O'Doherty

Marianne O'Doherty is an Associate Professor of Late Medieval Literature and Culture

Nick Kingwell

Nick Kingwell

Nicholas Kingwell is a Part-time Lecturer in Medieval History

Our Visiting Fellows

Dr Leanna Brinkley

Dr Leanna Brinkley

Dr Leanna Brinkley completed her PhD in February 2020, under the supervision of Dr Craig Lambert at the University of Southampton. Her doctoral research focused on Elizabethan coastal trade and revolved around a dataset of over 4,000 coastal voyages recovered from the National Archives' extensive collection of national customs records.
Leanna is currently expanding on her doctoral research by exploring the commercial, social, political, and economic nature of English coastal trading during the Tudor period and on the impact of naval warfare on Tudor provincial ports. She is generally interested in exploring the early modern lived experience and is particularly passionate about formulating new methodological approaches, especially in the fields of Social Network Analysis, GIS modelling and database technology.

Dr Lynn Forest-Hill

Dr Lynn Forest-Hill

Dr Lynn Forest-Hill took her first degree at Southampton and thanks to Prof. John McGavin she was able to move straight on to her PhD under his supervision, and that of the late Dr. Peter Happé. After a period teaching at the Avenue Campus, at the (then) New College campus, and at King Alfred's, Winchester (now University of Winchester), she retired to write, but found she missed teaching, so she set up my own independent short course programme with the help of the Central Library, Southampton, which ran for 8 years. She had already set up 3 Saturday reading groups there. These continue to run.

Her initial research in medieval drama led on to diversifying into work on Shakespeare's Tempest and then to research into the origins of the medieval romance Sir Bevis of Hampton, which continues. Her second-string research is in Tolkien Studies, which currently intersects with work on Sir Bevis. She has published in all these areas.

Dr Chloë McKenzie

Dr Chloë McKenzie

Dr Chloë McKenzie completed her PhD at Southampton in 2020. Her thesis, ‘Ladies and Robes of the Garter, c. 1348-1445: Kingship, Patronage and Female Political Agency in Late Medieval England’, was supervised by Professor Anne Curry and Professor Maria Hayward. Chloë’s research explores the ways in which different styles and methods of kingship facilitated female political agency in the later middle ages. She is also interested in public history, especially digital public history, and is currently teaching at the New College of the Humanities, London (part of Northeastern University).


Dr Stephen Watkins

Dr Stephen Watkins

Stephen Watkins is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Derby, having completed his PhD at Southampton in 2018. His thesis explored the late works of the seventeenth-century poet and playwright Sir William Davenant. Stephen's main research interests concern Restoration drama and the establishment of opera in England, theatre history, and Shakespeare in performance. He has published on Davenant's operatic experiments of the 1650s, and has written forthcoming essays on Restoration adaptations of Shakespeare, on heroic drama, and on theatrical competition during the late seventeenth century. He is currently completing his first monograph, 'The Revolutionary Theatres of Sir William Davenant, 1650-68'. Stephen serves as Chair of the Premodern Performance Cultures Network, an international forum for researchers interested in drama, theatre, and performance from late antiquity to the eighteenth century.

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