Michael is a Professor in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick; National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (hear Michael talking about his Fellowship here); Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; Honorary Citizen of Delphi, Greece; President of the Lytham Saint Annes Classical Association; Trustee and Director of Classics for All; author of several books on the ancient Mediterranean world as well as ancient Global History; and has written and presented a range of TV and Radio documentaries for National Geographic, History Channel, ITV and the BBC.

Working with...

University of Warwick

University of Warwick: I work at the university as a Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History.

Warwick Classics Network

I am head of the Warwick Classics Network, helping bring Classics to Warwickshire, Coventry and Beyond.

GRP Connecting Cultures

I am co-lead of the University of Warwick's Global Research Priority Connecting Cultures project.

Delphi

As an honorary citizen of Delphi, I work with the Mayoral office to disseminate globally an understanding of ancient and modern Delphi.

Lytham Saint Annes Classical Association

I act as President for the Lytham Saint Annes Classical Association, which has become the largest branch of the Classical Association in the country.

 

British School at Athens

The British School at Athens (BSA) is my home away from home when in Greece: a research institute for all those in UK universities interested in Greece from ancient to modern times.

Higher Education Academy

I have been accredited as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of teaching excellence.

As an NTF, I work with the Association of National Teaching Fellows in order to enhance and embed the impact of National Teaching Fellows in promoting excellence in teaching and learning.

Royal Historical Society

In 2019 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of my academic work and championing of the ancient world.

Classics for All

In May 2019 I was named a Trustee and Director of Classics for All, the charity dedicated to the support of classics teaching in state primary and secondary schools

Overview


Michael is a Professor in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick and member of Warwick’s Global History and Culture Centre.

His research and teaching focuses on aspects of ancient Greek and Roman society, as well as ancient Global History. In 2017-8 Michael held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on an ancient global history research project looking at the movement of luxury goods between the Mediterranean and China in antiquity. He is a National Teaching Fellow (the UK’s most prestigious award for teaching in Higher Education); Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; winner of the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence and Foundation Fellow of the Warwick Higher Education Academy. In 2015, Michael was also made an honorary Citizenship of Delphi, Greece – Επίτιμος Δημότης Δελφών – in recognition of his work related to the sanctuary of Delphi; and in 2019 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Michael is also well known for his public engagement and outreach work as a speaker and broadcaster. He is President of the Lytham Saint Annes Classical Association, the largest branch in the UK, and is a Trustee and Director of the charity Classics for All (click here to read Michael's blog about how Classics has something for everyone). He has written and presented a range of TV and Radio programmes for National Geographic, History Channel, Nova, BBC & ITV including Delphi: bellybutton of the ancient world (BBC4); Guilty Pleasures: luxury in the ancient and medieval worlds (BBC4); Jesus: rise to power (Nat Geo); Ancient Discoveries (History Channel); Who were the Greeks? (BBC2); The Mystery of the X Tombs (BBC2/Nova); The Greatest Show on Earth (BBC4, in conjunction with the Open University); Roman Britain from the Air (ITV); Rome’s Invisible City (BBC1), Invisible Cities (BBC1); Sicily: Wonder of the Mediterranean (BBC2) and Ancient Invisible Cities (BBC2). He has also presented a radio series for BBC Radio 4, ‘Spin the Globe’, written for national and international newspapers and magazines, lectured to schools and groups in the UK and Europe, and has taught in the UK, Europe, US and Brazil. In 2019, he was re-created as a Lego figure in honour of his contribution to Classics (click here to read about this in Michael's blog).

Michael's full CV is available to download here. A brief overview of some of his more recent activities is listed below.

Education


2018-Present – Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick.
2014-2018 – Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick.
2012-2014 – Assistant Professor in Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick.
2011-14 – Stipendiary Research Associate, Darwin College, University of Cambridge.
2010-13 – Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge.
2007-11 – Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow in Ancient History, Darwin College, Cambridge.

Academic Papers


2019 - New York New School Unknowability Conference 'Unknowability in History'
2019- Professorial inaugural Lecture 'This is Sparta: the ancient world then and now'
2018- Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford: Research Seminar
2018- Institute for the History of Ancient Civilisations, Northeastern Normal University, Changchun, China: Visiting Lecturer
2018 – Stanford University, USA. Guest Lecturer
2018 – Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Guest Lecturer
2017 – Aarhus University, Denmark. Research Seminar Series. Invited Speaker

Teaching


2019 - Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2017 - National Teaching Fellow (HEA accreditation)
2016 - Winner of Warwick Award in Teaching Excellence (WATE)
2016 - Accredited as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in respect of Teaching Excellence

Research Grants


2017-2018 - Leverhulme Research Fellowship:"The meaning and impact of luxuries across the ancient world 100 BCE-300CE." For more information on the project and its aims, please click here.

Skills and Experience


2019 - Global Research Priorities Connecting Cultures Co-Lead, University of Warwick
2019 - Trustee and Director of Classics for All
2019 - Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
2018 - Director of Undergraduate Studies, Senior Tutor and Impact Officer, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick
2017-21 - Warwick Classics Network Widening Participation project lead
2017 - External Adjudicator for Aarhus University Interdisciplinary Grants
2016 - Member of Public Engagement Steering Committee, University of Warwick
2015 - 19 - Foundation Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy.
2015 - University of Warwick Outstanding Community Contribution Award 2015


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