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Professor Stephen Bowd


Professor of European History; European History, 1500-1800


Contact information
Address: Room 00M.11, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 3758
Office hours: Currently on leave
Affiliated research centres
Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

I graduated with a first-class MA (Hons.) degree in History at the University of Edinburgh in 1993 and proceeded to undertake Ph.D. research on Venetian hermits there, thinking this might be the best training for life as an academic. After completing my doctorate in 1997 I worked at the Manchester Metropolitan University (formerly the Manchester Polytechnic) for seven happy years. I re-crossed the border in 2005. Since returning to Edinburgh I have found a very congenial and growing group of Italianists and a very supportive environment for my research on Brescia, an important city in the Venetian empire, on Jews in Renaissance Italy, and now on the mass murder of civilians during the Italian Wars (1494-1559). I have a longstanding interest in widening participation and I have worked with local state schools and regularly teach for the Sutton Trust. I have also helped to set up and run the popular MSc degree in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and I have been the proud nominee for several EUSA (Edinburgh University Students' Association) Teaching Awards. I was promoted to Reader in 2011, and to a personal chair in 2017.

External appointments

External Examiner, Manchester Metropolitan University, Early Modern History Programmes, 2015, 2017-present

External Examiner, University of St Andrews, Early Modern History Programmes, 2011-2014

External Examiner, Roehampton University, History Programmes, 2002-05

Useful Links

Renaissance Mass Murder Research Blog:

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