The University Lecturer in Byzantine Studies and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Dr Whittow is a medieval historian and archaeologist, specialising in the Mediterranean and Byzantine worlds, AD 500-1300, with particular emphasis on landscape and settlement patterns, and the social and political forces that shaped them. Recent publications range in topic from Romans and Arabs before the rise of Islam, via bad mothers in Byzantium and China, to the relative significance of local, regional and long-distance trade in the medieval economy. His next book will be The Feudal Revolution (looking at the transformation of Europe and the Near East between 950-1250 though the evidence of material culture and landscape change as well as texts), followed by the Oxford History of Medieval Europe, vol. 5: The Eleventh Century and a book, now in planning stage, that puts the history of Late Antique and Early Medieval Western Eurasia in a Global context. He is also part of the Oxford / Kings College, London team that directs the Prosopography of the Byzantine World. Current field work in Turkey is focused on Miletus in the Byzantine period, and future plans include survey work in Cappadocia.
In Oxford, he convenes the Masters courses in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, (with Chris Wickham) the Medieval research seminar, and (with Marc Lauxtermann) the Late Antique and Byzantine seminar. Interested in all aspects of Byzantine history and topics that relate to his wider medieval interests, current doctoral students work on debt in Late Antique Egypt, the archaeology and history of the early medieval Caucasus, Byzantines and Turks in medieval Anatolia, the reign of John II Komnenos (1118-43), and a comparative study of the North Sea Region in the early middle ages.