Royal Holloway appoints new Head of History

Professor Kate Cooper will lead the department for the new academic year
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She brings a wealth of experience in research development and leadership skills

Professor Kate Cooper has been appointed the new Head of History at Royal Holloway from September 2017.

She joins from the University of Manchester, where she has taught for over 20 years, most recently as Professor of Ancient History.

Professor Cooper (pictured) was educated in the United States and undertook her postgraduate studies at Princeton and Harvard.

Professor Kate CooperHer interests lie in the Roman period, with particular attention to domestic and family lives, social identity, and the fall of the Roman Empire.

She has won numerous awards and prizes, including the Rome Prize of the American Academy and a Major Research Fellowship from The Leverhulme Trust for a three-year project on 'The Early Christian Martyr Acts: A New Approach to Ancient Heroes of Resistance'.

Her books include Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women (Atlantic Press), The Virgin and the Bride (Harvard) and The Fall of the Roman Household (Cambridge).

Professor Katie Normington, Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London, expressed her delight at the appointment of Professor Cooper.

"She brings a wealth of experience in research development and leadership skills having just served as Head of Classics and Ancient History at Manchester", she said. "I look forward to welcoming her here."

Royal Holloway is responsible for the design and assessment of our BA History programme by distance learning.