Institute of Ancient History

Current Mercator Fellows


More on the Mercator Fellowships.

Prof. Paul Magdalino, FBA (April-May 2022)

Paul Magdalino (BA, DPhil Oxon) was professor of Byzantine History at the University of St Andrews, from which he retired in 2009. He was a Humboldt-Stipendiat in Frankfurt in 1980-1981, Visiting Professor of History at Harvard in 1995-1996, and Professor of History at Koç University, Istanbul, from 2006 to 2014. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2002, and served on the Senior Fellows Committee at the Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies from 2001 to 2007. His research has spanned a variety of subjects, notably the urban development of Constantinople (Constantinople médiévale. Études sur  l'évolution des structures urbaines, Paris 1996), the court culture of the ‘Macedonian Renaissance’, astrology, prophecy, and the relationship between secular literature and religious ideology (L’orthodoxie des astrologues. La science entre le dogme et la divination à Byzance, VIIe-XIVe siècle, Paris 2006). His page at St Andrews.

Future Fellows

Prof. Jack Tannous (Summer 2022)

M. Phil. Oxford, Ph. D. Princeton, is Associate Professor of History and John Witherspoon bicentennial Preceptor in the Department of History at Princeton University. He is, among other things, the author of The Making of the Medieval Middle East, Princeton and Oxford 2018, an innovative study of the religious, social, and cultural history of the late antique Near East in the period c. 500-1000. His page on the website of the Department of History at Princeton.

Prof. Filippo Ronconi (2023)

Awarded a PhD in Greek and Latin Palaeography from La Sapienza University, Rome in 2005, awarded 2007 Diploma of the Scuola di Conservazione of the University of Cassino, since 2008 Maître de Conférences for "Écriture et société à Byzance" at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He is a member of the Centre d'études en sciences sociales du religieux (CéSor) and a fellow of the Institut Convergences-Migration (ICM). He is the author of two books and dozens of publications on Byzantine manuscript culture.  His webpage on the EHESS website.

Prof. Maria Mavroudi (Spring/Summer 2024)

M. A. Harvard, Ph. D. Harvard 1998, is a professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of numerous books and essays, and is one of the world's leading specialists in Byzantine literature and cultural history, as well as Byzantino-Arabia. and cultural relations between Byzantium and the Islamic world. Her page on the website of UC Berkeley.