MemberPeter Crooks

My primary research interest is in Ireland in the period 1171–1541 and, arising from that, in the wider ‘English world’ or ‘Plantagenet empire’ of which Ireland formed an important part. Before returning to Trinity in 2013, I was a Past and Present Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research and a Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of East Anglia. I am currently completing a monograph entitled ‘England’s First Colony: Power, Conflict and Colonialism in the Lordship of Ireland, 1361–1460’. I am the principal editor of CIRCLE: A Calendar of Irish Chancery Letters, c.1244–1509 (, a reconstruction of the Irish chancery rolls destroyed in the 1922 cataclysm at the Four Courts. A three-volume print edition of CIRCLE will appear with the Irish Manuscripts Commission. In September 2013, I co-founded with Professor S. Duffy the biennial Trinity Medieval Ireland Symposium (TMIS), whose first volume is to appear in 2015: ‘The Geraldines and Medieval Ireland: The Making of a Myth’. I am also interested in ‘empire’, not least as a means of subverting or complicating the narratives of centralization and uniformity that have dominated much research on the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in Europe. These are the centuries normally classified as ‘late medieval’, a problematic term used more for the purposes of sub-disciplinary gate-keeping than for any real meaning that it holds. The challenge of research on this period — sandwiched as it is between the ‘high medieval’ and the ‘early modern’ — is to understand and describe its historical developments without resort to narratives of either decline or anticipation. So long as ‘medieval’ is understood to be a chronological descriptor (and a Eurocentric one at that), rather than a value-laden term with an implicit developmentalist agenda, then its use need not foreclose on meaningful structural comparisons, whether synchronic or diachronic in perspective. I essayed a general interpretation of England’s empire, which adopts such perspectives, in ‘State of the Union: Perspectives on English Imperialism in the Late Middle Ages’ (Past and Present, no. 211). In July 2014, together with David Green and W. Mark Ormrod, I co-convened the Harlaxton Medieval Symposium, which took as its subject ‘The Plantagenet Empire, 1259-1453’ (the proceedings will appear in 2016). My work on England’s late-medieval ‘empire’ has sparked a research interest in the history of empires and colonialism more generally. I am currently editing a major collection of essays entitled ‘Empires and Bureaucracy from Late Antiquity to the Twentieth Century’ with Timothy H. Parsons (Washington in St Louis).

MemberJulia Voss

Research Interests:

My current and past work examines how literacy learning and performance take place across spaces and modes ranging across classroom and community settings. Informed by an emphasis on modality, my research focuses on the affordances and constraints of different social, technical, and institutional settings to examine possibilities and call for changes that support more equitable participation of all members.

Professional Interests:

My research on classroom design and writing in the disciplines has increasingly drawn my attention to the institutional and infrastructural work of writing program administration. As writing specialists, we need to continue our decades-long work with colleagues across the university to design effective writing curricula based on our own disciplinary knowledge. However, as (unacknowledged) experts in active learning pedagogies, writing specialists and WPAs also have considerable expertise to contribute to learning space design initiatives, involving stakeholders outside academic departments at the level of the university’s physical facilities.

Teaching Interests:

I teach classes in digital and print composing with an emphasis on (multi)modality, technical communication, writing studies, digital culture.

MemberColin Martin

Currently located in Calgary, Canada, Colin Martin studies micropress publishing and circulation. Current projects include the rebuilding of his doctoral study of Canadian small press and micropress poetry publishing, a digital archive project proposed for a SSHRC-funded postdoc, and editing a collection of essays on Calgary poetics. 

MemberLouise Hardiman

Louise Hardiman is an art historian specialising in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian and Soviet art. She is a graduate of the universities of Oxford, London, and Cambridge, where she completed a PhD on the history of Russian Arts and Crafts in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. Her primary research areas concern the history of the neo-national revival and Anglo-Russian cultural exchange. Hardiman teaches for universities and adult education providers on a freelance basis and lectures frequently for education institutions, galleries, and museums. She was consultant to the Watts Gallery (Guildford, UK) exhibition ‘A Russian Fairy Tale: The Art and Craft of Elena Polenova’ (2014-15).

MemberRonald Troxel

From January, 1991 through May, 2016 I taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I began as academic staff but eventually transitioned to tenured faculty, achieving the rank of Professor by retirement in May, 2016. I taught undergraduate courses in beginning and intermediate Biblical Hebrew, introductory courses in Hebrew Bible and Early Christian Literature, Prophets of the Bible, History-telling in the Bible, Jewish Literature of the Greco-Roman Period, The Gospels, and Pauline Christianity. In our graduate program in Hebrew Bible I taught year-long studies on the Hebrew books of the Pentateuch, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Job, Advanced Hebrew Grammar and Composition, Syriac Language and Literature, and graduate seminars on The Book of the Twelve, Philology and Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, and Jewish Hellenistic Literature. I continue to guide the work of dissertators and serve on dissertation defense committees. In the fall of 2017 I will join the Minister of Faith Formation at Wayzata Community Church, Rustin Comer (Ph.D. candidate in theology at Claremont Graduate University) in offering a full curriculum of biblical and theological courses in the church’s adult education program. From January, 2010 through May, 2014 I served as chair of the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies, overseeing the transfer of its program of modern Hebrew into the Jewish Studies Program and the merger of the program in Hebrew Bible with Classics to form a Department of Classical and Near Eastern studies.

MemberHeather D Baker

As an Assyriologist who has also trained in archaeology and gained considerable experience of Near Eastern excavation, my primary interest is in combining textual information and material culture in the study of Mesopotamian society and economy. I apply this approach to the study of the Babylonian city and to investigating house and household. I am currently PI of an international project, Machine Translation and Automated Analysis of Cuneiform Languages (MTAAC), funded by SSHRC through the Trans-Atlantic Platform Digging into Data Challenge. Research Interests My work focuses on the social, political and economic history and material culture of 1st millennium BC Mesopotamia, with a particular interest in Babylonian urbanism and the built environment, and in the Neo-Assyrian royal household. My research and publications cover the following topics:

  • urbanism and the built environment
  • religious architecture
  • house and household
  • integration of textual and archaeological data
  • Hellenistic Babylonia (especially the city of Uruk)
  • the Assyrian royal palace and household
  • onomastics and naming practices
  • prosopography
  • slavery
  • society and economy
  • political history
  • cuneiform archives and archival practices


  • 2014–present: Assistant Professor in Ancient Near Eastern History, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
  • 2009—2014: Senior Postdoc and PI of project “Royal Institutional Households in First Millennium BC Mesopotamia,” Institut fūr Orientalistik, University of Vienna
  • 2003–2009: Postdoc, START Project “The Economic History of Babylonia in the First Millennium BC,” Institut fūr Orientalistik, University of Vienna
  • 1999–2002: Research Associate, State Archives of Assyria Project, University of Helsinki; from July 1999, Editor-in-Charge of The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
  • 1993–1998: Editorial Assistant/IT Assistant (part-time), A Lexicon of Greek Personal Names (a British Academy Major Research Project)
  • 1994–1995: Curator Grade G (part-time), Department of the Middle East, the British Museum
  • 1984–1989: Field Archaeologist employed on various excavation and post-excavation projects in England, Cyprus, Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq

MemberKimon Keramidas

Kimon Keramidas is Clinical Associate Professor of Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement and Affiliated Faculty in International Relations at NYU. Kimon’s research and pedagogy take place at the intersection of media and technology studies, cultural history, interface design, and digital humanities and encourage the development of a better understanding of how media experiences influence the ways in which we work, play, learn and communicate. Kimon’s most recent projects are The Sogdians: Influencers on the Silk Roads a digital global art history project developed through the Freer|Sackler Asian Art Galleries of the Smithsonian and The Interface Experience: Forty Years of Personal Computing at the Bard Graduate Center, a transmediated experience that presented some of the most ubiquitous objects in the history of personal computing. 

MemberAlexander Sembdner

I am currently a research assistant (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the chair of “Sächsische und Vergleichende Landesgeschichte”, Historisches Seminar, Leipzig University (Prof. Dr. Enno Bünz) and working on my habilitation (working title: “Landesteilungen im spätmittelalterlichen Reich und im europäischen Kontext”). My research interests are Medieval History (Mittelalterliche Geschichte), especially the Late Middle Ages (Spätmittelalter), Regional History (Landesgeschichte), Church History (Kirchengeschichte), Urban History (Stadtgeschichte), History of Universities (Universitätsgeschichte), Social History (Sozialgeschichte) and Constitutional History (Verfassungsgeschichte).