Prof James Palmer

Prof James Palmer

Professor

Researcher profile

Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 2197
Email
jtp21@st-andrews.ac.uk
Location
Mediaeval History, 71 South Street

 

Biography

I was born in Nottingham and studied in Sheffield (BA and PhD) and Cambridge (MPhil). I held posts at the universities of Leicester and Nottingham, before moving to St Andrews in 2007. I was a cross-faculty pro dean for research postgraduates 2014-18 and I have been a full professor since 2018.

Research areas

My research focuses on culture and religion c. 400-900. I am particularly interested in the movement of ideas and people across different cultural worlds – across Eurasia and Africa – and the consequences of the exchanges involved.

My research has focused on two principal areas: saints and hagiography (Anglo-Saxons in a Frankish World [2009] and Early Medieval Hagiography [2018]) and apocalyptic beliefs (The Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages [2014] and the volume Apocalypse and Reform from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages [2018, co-edited with Matt Gabriele]).

I am presently working on a project on early medieval science, medicine and belief. I am also writing a textbook on the Merovingian Frankish world.

PhD supervision

  • Hiu Ki Chan
  • Cameron Houston
  • Jessica Collett
  • Matthew Edholm

Selected publications

 

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