MemberPenelope Barter

…PhD in Hebrew Bible, University of St Andrews (2016)

“Ezekiel 20 and the Composition of the Torah”

Supervisor: Dr William A. Tooman


STM in Hebrew Bible, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (2012)

“Lost in Translation? The Transformation of Inner-Biblical Allusion in LXX Esther”

Supervisor: Prof. Esther J. Hamori


MA(Hons) in Biblical Studies, University of St Andrews (2011)…

Penny is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Biblical Hebrew at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, having completed her PhD at the University of St Andrews on Ezekiel 20 and the composition of the Torah.

MemberAlex Woolf

…University Of St Andrews…

I was born in Hertfordshire in 1963 but spent most of my childhood in Bexhill-on-Sea on the coast of East Sussex. Since 1995 I have taught in the Archaeology Department of University of Wales Lampeter (Now Trinity St David), The Celtic and Scottish History Departments at the University of Edinburgh (1997-2001), and in the School of History at the University of St Andrews. Interdisciplinarity has always been at the core of my academic work.

MemberJeremiah Mercurio

…PhD, English, University of St Andrews (2011)

MS, Library & Information Science, Simmons College (2011)

MA, English / Creative Writing, Temple University (2005)…

I currently serve as Head of Humanities & History in the Columbia University Libraries. Previously, I held positions as a librarian and faculty member at Fairfield University and Haverford College. My doctoral dissertation, completed at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, focused on the role of language and fantasy in Anglophone Decadent fiction and illustration. My scholarly interests include Decadent literature and art, book studies, literary doodling, comparative media studies, and Appalachian literature.

MemberAnn Gillian Chu

…University of St Andrews…

Doctor of Philosophy (Divinity) Candidate, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
Master of Divinity, Regent College, Canada
Master of Arts (Honours) English Language, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

I grew up in Hong Kong as a Canadian and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master of Arts (Honours) in English Language. In an unexpected turn of events, I became a FCCA (Fellow of Chartered Certified Accountant). Life led me to Vancouver, B.C., where I graduated from Regent College with a Master of Divinity. I am now completing my Doctor of Philosophy (Divinity) at the University of St. Andrews, under the supervision of Dr John Perry and Professor Mario Aguilar in the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics.

MemberYvonne Seale

…Ph.D., History, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2016.

M.Litt., Mediæval History, University of St Andrews, Scotland, 2008.

B.A. (Hons.), History with Ancient History and Archaeology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2006….

I am an Assistant Professor in the History Department of the State University of New York-Geneseo, where I teach courses with a focus on medieval history, women’s history, and the digital humanities. I earned my BA in History, Ancient History and Archaeology from Trinity College Dublin, and my MLitt in Mediaeval History from the University of St Andrews. I obtained my PhD in History from The University of Iowa in 2016. Follow me on Twitter at @yvonneseale or email me at

MemberMichael Hahn

…University Of St Andrews…
…Academic Qualifications:

PhD, University of St Andrews, Divinity (Theology and Ecclesiastical History), 2016-2019.

MSt, University of Oxford (Oriel College), Theology (Ecclesiastical History), 2015-2016.

MA, University of St Andrews, Theological Studies, 2011-2015.

Teaching Qualifications:

Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (through York St John), 2019-2020….

I am a theologian and medieval church historian working on various aspects of early-Franciscan mystical theology, most notably its development, distinctive nature, and reception. I am particularly interested in Angela of Foligno, but also have experience working on Francis and Clare of Assisi and Bonaventure. In 2019 I completed a PhD thesis concerning the distinctive nature of the mystical theology of the early Franciscans. While a doctoral student I worked as a tutor for the second-year undergraduate module ‘The Early and Mediaeval Church: History, Beliefs, and Practices.’ In the 2019-2020 academic year I worked as a temporary lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at York St John University, independently designing and running a second-year undergraduate module on ‘Mysticism in World Religions.’ I am currently affiliated to the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews, through which I work for the Cusanus Society of UK and Ireland.  

MemberSarah Arens

…University of St Andrews, School of Modern Languages…
…09/2019-09/2022: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of St Andrews, ‘Constructing a Geopolitics of Nationhood: Belgium’s Scientific and Cultural Colonial Project (1830-1958)’

09/2018-08/2019: Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, ‘Of Medics and Missionaries: Translation, Science, and Empire in 20th- and 21st-Century Francophone Writing’

I’m a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow based at the University of St Andrews working on a project entitled ‘Constructing a Geopolitics of Nationhood: Belgium’s Scientific and Cultural Colonial Project (1830-1958)’, which investigates the role of (natural/’life’) sciences and museums for the Belgian colonial project in Sub-Saharan Africa. I am also finalising my first monograph Imagining Brussels: Memory and Diaspora in Francophone Fiction, which analyses the Belgian capital’s multifaceted postcolonial condition via its representations in novels by writers with roots in Morocco, the Congo-DRC, and Haiti and is under contract with Liverpool University Press (2021). I am the Editor of the Bulletin for Francophone Postcolonial Studies (the bi-annual journal of the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies) and a Volunteer Translator at the Wiener Holocaust Library in London (since 2015). I’m also a member of the Belgian Network for Medical History. At St Andrews, I’m also the Post-doc/ECR representative of the School’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee and freshly appointed to the steering committee of the c19c Cross Cultural Circa Nineteenth Century Research Centre. I’ve recently won an EDI Funding Award from St Andrews’ School of Modern Languages and will be working with a postgraduate assistant to develop resources and a database for best practices in alternative assessment methods in the Humanities and will post any updates here soon. Any questions, please feel free to get in touch via sa245(at)

MemberIoannis Georganas

Ioannis Georganas is Academic Director and Lecturer at Hellenic International Studies in the Arts. He holds an MA (1998) and a PhD (2003) in Archaeology from the University of Nottingham, and has worked for the British School at Athens, the Foundation of the Hellenic World, Lake Forest College, and the University of St Andrews. His research interests include the study of Early Iron Age burial customs and the construction of identities in Greece, as well as weapons and warfare in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Aegean. Ioannis has participated in excavations and field surveys in Greece (Kouphovouno, Lefkandi, Kastro-Kallithea, Praisos, Kenchreai) and Bulgaria (Halka Bunar). He served as President of the Athens-Greece Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (2005-2017) and he’s been Secretary of the Society of Ancient Military Historians (2013-present).