Staff profiles

History, Classics & Archaeology home | School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Dr Steve Boardman

Photo of Steve Boardman

Steve Boardman PhD



  • Deputy Head of History
  • Head of Medieval History Section

Room 2.21, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place

Telephone: 0131 650 4035

Office hours: By arrangement via

Affiliated research centres

Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies


I was born in Dunfermline, Fife in 1963 but spent the bulk of my childhood in Hertfordshire and Kent where I developed a number of unsavoury personality traits, including an irrational interest in cricket. Returning to Scotland to study English at St Andrews University, I found myself scared and depressed by Anglo-Saxon poetry and eventually retreated into the warm embrace of the Hons. degree in General History.

After three dissolute years, I stumbled into the James IV Special Subject run by Dr Norman Macdougall. The enthusiasm, good humour and excitement that characterised Norman’s teaching set me on the slippery slope to postgraduate study and a lifetime of academic penury. I finished my PhD at St Andrews in 1989 and thereafter held two postdoctoral fellowships in the same institution before spending two ‘interesting’ years as a Lecturer in History at Aberdeen. In 1997 I was appointed to a Lectureship in Scottish History in Edinburgh and, via a series of administrative mix-ups, have since been promoted to a Senior Lectureship and then a Readership in History.

Accessibility menu