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Dr John Sabapathy
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of History
  • Faculty of S&HS
Biography

I studied history at Wadham College, Oxford; King's College, London; and UCL, where I gained my PhD. Before returning to UCL in 2010 I was a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College, Oxford. Between my BA and graduate degrees I worked for for about a decade in several research institutes and with a wide variety of corporations, NGOs, think tanks and governmental bodies on sustainable development and corporate accountability.

Research Summary

I'm interested in the comparative history of Britain and Europe (Christendom) in the Middle Ages, especially the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. I'm particularly interested in institutions, a subject as important as it seems misunderstood. 

I am currently completing Just Stewards: Officers and Accountability in Medieval England c. 1170-c. 1300, a study of officers and their accountability in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, focusing on English officers in an European context. This tries to do a new sort of intellectual history or history of political thinking using sources not often used for that – administrative records. It also tries to put English officers (sheriffs, bailiffs, bishops, college wardens) in context together, and in an European context. Again this sort of comparative work is not done as often as it might be.

My next project is a wide-randing study of Europe's 'long' thirteenth century, a volume within the Oxford History of Medieval Europe. The Cultivation of Christendom will cover the period from the fall of Jerusalem in 1187 to the end of the Great Famine in 1322.

I'm also interested in medieval dialogues, partly within a scholastic context. With other colleagues I co-convene the UCL/Warburg scholasticism group and the IHR 'European History 1150-1550' seminar

Teaching Summary

I am currently on research leave. My undergraduate teaching has included ‘Concepts, Categories and the Practice of History’ and a highly interdisciplinary and comparative course on 'Rationality'. At a graduate level I've taught Medieval Latin and 'Europe's Long Thirteenth Century' for our Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARS) MA.

For 2014/15 I'm planning new courses on the 'The First European Union: 1099-1334' and 'Templars, Heretics, Hermits & Antipopes: The Crisis of the Papacy, 1294-1334'. 


Academic Background
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Medieval History University of London
2005 MA Master of Arts – Medieval History King's College London
1997 BA Bachelor of Arts – Modern History University of Oxford
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