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Guy Perry Guy Perry


Guy Perry, Principal of the Middlebury College – CMRS Oxford Humanities Program, Associate Professor at Middlebury and Fellow by Special Election of Keble College, Oxford.

Guy did his BA/MA, MSt and DPhil at Lincoln College, Oxford. He then served as a tutor or lecturer at a wide range of universities across the UK: from Royal Holloway, University of London and Leeds to St Peter’s and Merton Colleges, Oxford. His research focuses, above all, on social and geographical mobility during the central Middle Ages – and, in particular, during the epoch of the Crusades. His publications include John of Brienne: King of Jerusalem, Latin Emperor of Constantinople, c.1175-1237 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013); The Briennes: the Rise and Fall of a Champenois Dynasty in the Age of the Crusades, c.950-1356 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018); and a co-edited volume, The Fifth Crusade in Context: the Crusading Movement in the Early Thirteenth Century (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017).


Dr. Bernard Gowers

Senior Tutor and Lecturer in Medieval History

Bernard Gowers is a historian of western Europe during the central middle ages.  His research focuses on West Francia (France) from the tenth to twelfth centuries, in particular ecclesiastical life.  

As Senior Tutor, Dr Gowers is responsible for the day-to-day running of the teaching programme at Middlebury-CMRS. He deals with academic  from potential applicants, and teaches some history classes.  In addition to his work at M-CMRS, he is also Research Associate in History at Keble, and a member of the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford.

Dr Gowers was educated at the universities of Oxford (Christ Church) and Manchester.  Prior to his appointment as Senior Tutor at Middlebury-CMRS, he was Lecturer in European Medieval History at King’s College, London. He has also worked as College Lecturer at Balliol College and Brasenose College, University of Oxford. Dr. Gowers can be contacted .


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Assistant Senior Tutor & Lecturer in Art History

Dr Marie-Louise Lillywhite specialises in Venetian Renaissance art, with a particular emphasis on the decades immediately subsequent to the Council of Trent (1545-63).  She is interested in how an era that on the one hand heralded a new climate of control of the visual, simultaneously harnessed the sensuous aspects of worship and confirmed the importance of ‘the beauty of holiness.’ This is the topic of her current monograph, Reforming Art in Renaissance Venice.  She is also particularly interested in the arts of the Jesuit Order in south-east Asia and friendships and alliances between artists in Renaissance Italy.

Marie-Louise was awarded her PhD at the University of Warwick in 2013. Prior to taking up her post at Middlebury-CMRS in January 2018, Marie-Louise held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence and was Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick.


Fiona Kilby


Fiona is responsible for the day-to-day administration and  smooth running of Middlebury-CMRS. Management and upkeep of the buildings, the computer network and general student matters also fall into her remit. Her previous roles as Recruitment Consultant, PR and Marketing Assistant, Public House Manager and Head Cook at Althorp House have provided the varied skills required for this position. In her spare time Fiona loves the great outdoors - you will find her spending time in the garden, walking coastal paths or on the beach in Norfolk!

Chris Wheatley


Chris is the facilities and administration assistant, here to help with everything from laundry needs to emergency biscuits. He works in the administration office with Fiona Kilby and can supply heartening photos of cats on demand.         

Grace Egan


Dr Grace Egan is the librarian at the program's own Feneley Library. She's here to help students find the resources they need here, and to help them make the most of Oxford's other beautiful libraries.  She's also a research assistant on the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project, and a freelance researcher for the Oxford English Dictionary. 


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