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Dr Guy Perry Guy Perry

Principal

Dr 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).

 

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Senior Tutor & Lecturer in Art History

Dr Marie-Louise Lillywhite is senior tutor of the Middlebury-CMRS Oxford Humanities program, as well as a research associate at Keble College and a member of the History Faculty at Oxford. Prior to her current role, Marie-Louise taught in the History of Art department at the University of Warwick, where she convened the History of Art MA in Venice, a city in which she lived for many years.

Marie-Louise’s research focuses predominantly on art and architecture in early modern Italy. Her current monograph is called Reforming Art in Renaissance Venice and explores the impact that religious reform had on the visual arts during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. She has published on topics that include the patronage of parish priests and confraternities after the Council of Trent; a reconstruction of the decoration of the first Jesuit church in Venice (which featured paintings by Tintoretto, Veronese and Jacopo Bassano) and the garden of Bevis Bawa in Sri Lanka. For the Middlebury program Marie-Louise teaches courses on Art and Censorship (1500-1650) and Art and Religion on the Global Jesuit Missions (1540-1773).

 

Dr Alexandra Paddock 

Assistant Senior Tutor

Dr Alexandra Paddock was awarded her DPhil by the University of Oxford in 2017. Before taking up her post at Middlebury-CMRS in August 2019, she was Lecturer in Medieval English at Keble College, University of Oxford (2015-2018), and Editorial Lead on the ‘LitHits’ project on digital reading at the Faculty of English, University of Oxford (2017-2019).

Alexandra specialises in English literature and the natural world, with an emphasis on whales in imaginative medieval writing.  She examines the ways in which animals constitute and even behave as the natural spaces in literary depictions, such as the island-turned-whale of the Exeter Book Physiologus. This literary phenomenon is the topic of her current monograph, Beastly Matter: Geomorphic Animals and Literary Description. She is also interested in how the medieval bestiary and Physiologus tradition is used by medieval writers, and was an invited speaker at the ‘Ark After Noah’ symposium at UCLA and the J. Paul Getty Museum. She is currently writing a chapter on bestiary worms, badgers, and other earth-moving creatures, for Earth, ed. Hugh Magennis, Marilina Cesario and Elisa Ramazzina (forthcoming, Brill).

 

Fiona Kilby

Administrator

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

Administration & Facilities Assistant

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

Librarian 

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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