Our Team

Academic Team

Dr Erin Thomas Dailey
Principal Investigator

I am a historian who researches the transformation of the late Roman Empire into its early medieval successors: the barbarian kingdoms, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamic Caliphate.

Dr Tali Artman-Partock
Research Associate

I specialize in literary theory and midrash, with a particular interest in Jewish-Christian relations in Late Antiquity, the heritage of the Hellenistic era in rabbinic literature, and intersections of gender and law. My research focuses on sexual violence in the Bible and rabbinic literature, and on ideas of redemption and the afterlife.

Dr Seth M. Stadel
Research Associate

I am a historian of the late antique and medieval Middle East, with a particular interest in Syriac-speaking communities and their literature. My publications focus on the transmission of late antique intellectual culture to the Islamicate world.

Dr Justin Pigott
Research Associate

I am a historian of the later Roman Empire with a particular interest in the religious, social, and political evolution of its eastern territories. My research and publications have centred around the development and historiography of early Constantinople, as well as the transition of traditional forms of Greco-Roman slavery into the newly emerging religious worlds of Late Antiquity.

Sheida Heydarishovir
Doctoral Researcher

I am a PhD student investigating slavery and sexual exploitation in early Islamic society. I completed my BA and MA in Persian language and literature at the University of Tehran. For my master thesis, I edited a manuscript, Munis al-Ahrar fi daqa’eq al-ash’ar, that featured Persian and Arabic poems not previously found in other collections. I am also interested in Sufism, Isma’ilism, and Persian prose and poetry of 3th to 8th centuries AH.

James Burns
Doctoral Researcher

I am a PhD student researching the lives of slaves in 6th century Gaul. I did an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of York and a BA in History at the University of Oxford. My master’s dissertation focused on banditry in Carolingian Europe. 

Prof. Renato Rodrigues da Silva
External Academic Consultant

I am a historian of the Early Middle Ages with a particular interest in social history, social domination, and social theory. My research and publications focus on Early Medieval England and Medievalism, especially how whiteness has become both embedded and invisible in the field of scholarship. Conceptual and theoretical discussions are also high among my interests.

Krupesh Mistry
Research Support Administrator

I support a number of social science research groups at the University of Leicester, whence I also graduated in Biological Sciences BSc. I have worked at two research facilities: Medical Research Council; and Leicester Diabetes Centre. My background also includes organising events, creative communications, design and other marketing skills. In my spare time, I also write poetry and on occasion, artwork.

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