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Dr Corisande Fenwick
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  • Associate Professor
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS

Corisande is Associate Professor in Mediterranean Archaeology. She is also Director of the Society for Libyan Studies, a British International Research Institute sponsored by the British Academy. She received her BA in Archaeology, Classics and Classical Art from the Institute of Archaeology. She then moved to the United States, where she gained an MA in Classics and a PhD in Anthropology at Stanford University in 2013. Before returning to the Institute in 2015, she held a post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Leicester. She has been awarded fellowships from various bodies, including the Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, Social Science Research Council, Dumbarton Oaks, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Loeb Foundation for her research and is a Fellow of the Society for Antiquaries. 

Corisande is author of the monograph Early Islamic North Africa (Bloomsbury, 2020), co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Islamic Archaeology (OUP, 2020) and the Aghlabids and their Neighbours (Brill, 2017) and has published many articles on different aspects of North Africa’s late antique and Islamic history. She currently co-directs two major field projects: the Bulla Regia Archaeological Project in Tunisia (2014-) with Dr Moheddine Chaouali (Institut National du Patrimoine) and the Medieval Volubilis project in Morocco (2017-) with Prof Elizabeth Fentress and Prof Hassan Limane (INSAP), as well as being the medieval specialist on the Wadi Draa Project in Morocco (2015-) and the Co-PI of the capacity-building project Training in Action for members of the Tunisian and Libyan antiquities services. 

Research Summary

Research Interests

Late Antique & Islamic archaeology; North Africa and Mediterranean archaeology; Empires & Imperialism; Landscape studies; Death and burial; Spatial analysis

Teaching Summary

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0064 Selected topics in the archaeology of the Later Roman Empire

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0083 The Early Islamic World

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0167 The Transformation of the Roman Mediterranean

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0178 Themes and Debates in Islamic Archaeology

Course Co-ordinator (with Alice Stevenson): ARCL0199 Heritage Ethics & Archaeological Practice in the Middle East and Mediterranean

2014 – 2015 Leverhulme Early Career Fellow School of Archaeology and Ancient History University of Leicester, United Kingdom
2013 – 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology and the Ancient World Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World Brown University, United States
Academic Background
2017   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
2013   Doctor of Philosophy Stanford University
2011   Master of Arts Stanford University
2006   Bachelor of Arts University College London
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