Susanne Greenhalgh (Director)

Principal Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies


Research interests: ritual, ceremony, and the performance of war in renaissance culture; Shakespeare (including Shakespeare and childhood); women Renaissance playwrights; media and theatre productions and adaptations of English medieval and Renaissance plays.

Publications include: articles on the adaptation of the medieval Mysteries for theatre and television; television versions of Macbeth since the 1980s; multiculturalism and television Shakespeare.

Recent work includes: the section on 'British Television' in Shakespeares After Shakespeare: The Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture (Greenwood 2006); an essay on radio Shakespeare for The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Popular Culture; co-editing of a Special Issue of Shakespeare (December 2006) commemorating the 200th anniversary of publication of the Lambs’ Tales from Shakespear, and Shakespeare and Childhood (Cambridge University Press 2007). She is currently researching At Home with Shakespeare, on the experience and reception of Shakespeare in the domestic setting.

Alessandra Abbattista


Research interests and projects: Ancient Greek drama, language and literature; Gendered and psychoanalytic studies; Structuralism and Post-Structuralism. 

Current relevant research:

Depiction and characterisation of the female avengers in Attic tragedy, through analysis of relevant animal metaphors.

Dr. Susan Deacy

Principal Lecturer 

Research interests and projects: Ancient Greek gender, sexuality and violence, and ancient Greek religion and mythology.  Other interests include disability studies (incl. autism and classical mythology) and 18th and 19th-century receptions of classical myth/religion (esp. landscape gardens and domestic interiors).

Current relevant projects:

Co-authored book, with Fiona McHardy (Gendered violence in ancient Greece, contracted to Bloomsbury);

Book on Athena (A Traitor to her sex? Athena the trickster, contracted to Oxford University Press);

Textbook on classical mythology (contracted to Routledge).

Series Editor of Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World (Susan has a blog on autism and classical mythology and on who 'owns'classical mythology.

Professor Trevor Dean

Professor of History, University of Roehampton


Research interests: Gender, crime and violence in Renaissance Italy.

Publications include: Crime, Society and the Law in Renaissance Italy, ed. Trevor Dean and KJP Lowe (Cambridge University Press, 1994); Clean Hands and Rough Justice: An Investigating Magistrate in Renaissance Italy (with DS Chambers) (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997); Marriage in Italy: 1300-1650, ed. Trevor Dean and KJP Lowe (Cambridge University Press, 1998); The Towns of Italy in the Later Middle Ages, ed. and trans. Trevor Dean (Manchester University Press, 2000).

Professor Dean is currently is researching the criminal world of Renaissance Italy, including insult, theft and female violence.

Current relevant projects:

Three projects, two in crime history and a larger cultural history of the weather in later medieval Italy, a foretaste of which has been published in European Review of History 18 (2011).

Vendetta and trends in fourteenth-century crime and criminal trials; the representation of crime in diplomatic reports

Co-organiser of the research seminar on late-medieval and early modern Italy at the Institute of Historical Research (University of London)

Professor Peter Edwards

Professor of Local and Early Modern British History, University of Roehampton


Research interests: Early modern warfare; rural society in Tudor and Stuart England; and the cultural, social and economic role of the horse in the Renaissance.

Publications include: Dealing in Death: The Arms Trade and the British Civil Wars, 1638-52 (Far Thrupp: Sutton Publishing, 2000); 'Logistics and Supply', in J Kenyon and J Ohlmeyer, eds. The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland and Ireland 1638-1660 (Oxford University Press, 1995); The Horse Trade of Tudor and Stuart England (Cambridge University Press, 1988); 'Une forme d' étalage ostentatoire: la mode pour les carosses parmi l'aristocratie d'Angleterre aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles', in D Reytier, ed. Voiture, chevaux et attelages en Europe (Paris: Assoc. pour l'Académie d'Art Equestre de Versailles, 1998); 'Farm and Family: the Administration of the Estate of William Poore, an Elizabethan Yeoman-Farmer', Southern History, 16 (1994).

Professor Edwards is currently working on books on the arms trade in the Thirty Years' War and on horses and culture in Early Modern England.

Dr. Maria Garcia Morcillo

Senior Lecturer in Ancient History

Research interests and projects: Reception of Antiquity in the visual and performing arts.

Current relevant projects:

Founder member of the international and interdisciplinary network Imagines. Imagines has hosted 3 conferences on Classical Tradition in the Arts from the Renaissance to the 21st century (4th conference in preparation). Marta is co-editor of the two first collective volumes published so far.

Member of the research group City of Rome Project, which focuses on the history of the city in Antiquity and post-classical periods. One of the branches of this project deals with the history of Antiquarism.

In connection with the above projects, Marta is currently setting up an international network on Epigraphy, Antiquarism and Travel Culture.

John Harvey

Research Postgraduate

Research interests and projects: Poetry of the Modern Greek poet C.P.Cavafy. He was interested in Greek history especially of the Hellenistic era and the  time of the Eastern Roman Empire. He used these periods of antiquity as a setting for many of his poems.   He was born in Alexandria and lived there for the majority of his life.  Many of his poems were set in his contemporary times.

Current relevant research:

Cavafy’s way in which he melded the past and the present and other dualities such as language and religion to use as a poetical resource to establish his poetic identity and also to deal with the larger question of Greek identity.

Dr Clare McManus

Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Roehampton


Research interests include: the interdisciplinary reading of early modern theatre; early modern women’s performance; gender; the cultures of the Renaissance court; editing Renaissance dramatic texts.

Publications include: (as author) Women on the Renaissance Stage: Anna of Denmark and Female Masquing in the Stuart Court (1590-1619) (Manchester University Press, 2002); (as editor) Women and Culture at the Courts of the Stuart Queens (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003); Ewan Fernie, Ramona Wray, Mark Thornton Burnett and Clare McManus (eds), Reconceiving the Renaissance: A Critical Reader (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Dr McManus is currently editing John Fletcher’s Island Princess for the Arden Early Modern Drama series.

Dr. Glynn Parry

Professor of Early Modern History

Research interests and projects: Occult philosophy, especially its political dimensions and implications, Shakespeare in contemporary religious, legal and political context, Tudor government in everyday practice as seen through the career of Richard Young, who rose from provincial obscurity to popular notoriety in Elizabethan London, and the career of Sir Thomas Gresham. 

Recent publications include: The Arch-Conjuror of England: John Dee (Yale UP, 2012), which was runner-up for the Longman/History Today Prize 2013; 'The Monarchical Republic and Magic: William Cecil and the Exclusion of Mary Queen of Scots', Reformation. The Journal of the Tyndale Society, 17 (2012), 29-47; 'Occult Philosophy and Politics: Why John Dee wrote his "Compendious Rehearsall" in November 1592', Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, 43 (2012), 480-8; §  'William Harrison's "Chronology" and Descriptions of Britain: Manuscripts into Print', in Ian Archer, Felicity Heal and Paulina Kewes, eds, The Oxford Handbook to Holinshed's Chronicles (OUP, 2012), 95-112.

Dr. Stefan Visnjevac

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interests and projects: Life and works of a fifteenth-century Italian preacher, Leonardo Mattei da Udine, and his involvement in the social, religious, and political developments of his native Friuli in the middle of the century, as well as investigating forms and modes of sermon construction in the early Renaissance.

Current relevant research:

'Educating and Entertaining in Fifteenth-Century Friuli: The Life and Preaching of Leonardo Mattei (1399-1469)'.

Dr Andrew Wareham

Director, British Academy Hearth Tax Project, University of Roehampton


Andrew Wareham’s research investigates pre-modern English and Chinese history within a comparative framework. General studies on the social order have been complemented by comparative articles, which range from analyses of the spiritual initiatives of Benedictine and Buddhist monks to the adoption of divergent water management strategies in East and West. Andrew is currently working on the context for the emergence of the modern fiscal state, and on questions of wealth and poverty in London and its suburbs on the eve of the Great Fire (1666), as reflected in the hearth tax returns.

Dr. Mahlet Zimeta

Lecturer in Philosophy

Research interests and projects: Philosophical aesthetics, drawing on aspects of philosophy of literature, philosophy of mind, ethics, and history of philosophy (especially Ancient Greek).  Mahlet is also interested in where and how these areas overlap - for example, in moral psychology (questions of motivation and behaviour), and aesthetic education (how art "teaches" us, and what it teaches us).  Her PhD thesis was on metaphor; while her MPhil thesis was on emotional responses to fictional characters.

Current relevant research:    

Shakespearean and Ancient Greek  tragedy

A specific project of interest to the Research Group is an article that she wrote for a mainstream magazine on interpreting criminal trials as works of art and quasi-theatrical performances.  The starting point for this was an interview she secured with infamous criminal lawyer Jacques Verges, whose client list included many of the 20thC major terrorists and despots.  When Verges died in August 2013, she published some of the material as a piece for Prospect online - "'A good trial is a work of art'"