Dr Alex Woolf

Dr Alex Woolf

Senior Lecturer

Researcher profile

+44 (0)1334 46 2880


Research areas

My main interests lie in the history of Britain and Ireland before the coming of the Normans with a bias towards the earlier part of the period, c.400-900. Particular interests include ethnic interaction and language shift, the development of political structures, and social and economic history.

Furth of these islands, I have less well developed interests in Late Roman and early post Roman Gaul and in Scandinavia in the first millennium AD. In many ways I feel a closer affinity to students of later prehistory than those of the later Middle Ages.

PhD supervision

  • Sophia Kniaz
  • Frances Bickerstaff

Selected publications

  • Columbanus's Ulster education

    Woolf, A., 24 May 2018, Columbanus and the peoples of post-Roman Europe. O'Hara, A. (ed.). New York: Oxford University Press, p. 91-102 11 p. (Oxford studies in late antiquity).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • Imagining English origins

    Woolf, A. D., 1 Feb 2018, Quaestio insularis: Selected proceedings of the Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. Cambridge: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, p. 1-20 20 p. (Quaestio; vol. 18).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • The Scandinavian intervention

    Woolf, A., Apr 2018, The Cambridge history of Ireland: Volume 1. 600-1550. Smith, B. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Vol. 1. p. 107-130 24 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • On the nature of the Picts

    Woolf, A. D., Oct 2017, In: Scottish Historical Review. 96, 2, p. 214-217 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


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