Our campuses have a diverse community of academics and researchers exploring a broad range of topics. We have a strong interdisciplinary approach to our work and our research groups and centres draw from experts in many fields.
Here are a few of our academics and PhD students from across the College.
Maria Fusaro - History
My research and teaching interests lie in the social and economic history of Early Modern Europe.
My major area of expertise is the history of Italy (especially the Venetian Republic) and the Mediterranean between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. My research has focused on commercial networks and the role they played in the early phases of globalization; on the economic, social and cultural analysis of late medieval and early modern empires and on the early modern development of legal institutions supporting trade.
Sarah Foxen - Modern Languages
Thesis title: Living on the edge: accent and identity in the (Franco-)Belgian borderland
Supervisors: Dr Zoë Boughton, Prof. Aidan Coveney
Funding: AHRC funding
Exeter is one of the leading institutions in the UK for French linguistics, with research specialisms in sociolinguistics and dialectology. Modules I took with the esteemed scholars Zoë Boughton and Aidan Coveney during my undergraduate studies sparked a passion for French linguistics that has endured. There is only one place I would want to do a PhD in French linguistics, and that’s at Exeter under the supervision of Zoë Boughton and Aidan Coveney.
Bruce Bradley - Archaeology
I am a Professor of Prehistory and am Director of the Experimental Archaeology Masters Programme with extensive experience with Stone Age technologies and experimental archaeology.
My current areas of research deal with the early peopling of the New World, prehistoric Pueblo archaeology of the American Southwest and skill learning and cognition in hominins.
I bring my archaeological and anthropological interests to the public through presentations, teaching, interaction with Native American communities and participation in documentaries.
Esther Chew - Theology
Thesis title: H. Richard Niebuhr’s Trinitarian Ethic for the Church
Supervisors: Dr Esther Reed and Dr Brandon Gallaher
Funding: College of Humanities International PhD Studentships
The college is proactive in its practical support of postgraduate researchers through prompt communication, engaging college-wide activities and research opportunities. I chose Exeter because I admired the university’s research ethos that is committed to effecting social change through world-quality research.
Nick Groom - English
Prof. Nick Groom is the author of several highly acclaimed works on cultural heritage and national character, in particular The Union Jack (2006), The Gothic (2012), and The Seasons (2013). He is an acknowledged expert on calendar customs, literature and the environment, the Gothic from earliest times to the present day, C18th and Romantic literature, and literary forgery, as well as on specific writers such as William Shakespeare, Thomas Chatterton, and JRR Tolkien. He has written or edited fifteen books and published over sixty academic papers in these and other areas, and also writes for and appears regularly in the media.
Emily Johnson - Archaeology
Thesis title: Bone fat processing and butchery practices in the Linearbandkeramik culture
Supervisors: Prof. Alan Outram, Dr. Linda Hurcombe
Funding: ERC Advanced Grant, NeoMilk Project
My supervisor is one of the main reasons that I continued my studies at Exeter. He has always supported my research and given me great opportunities, as well as being world renowned in my field of study. He really believed I was PhD-ready when I really wasn’t sure myself, and was instrumental in introducing me to the ERC NeoMilk project who fund my PhD. I can count on him to make time to see me whenever I need.