School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Honorary Fellowship appointments

The School’s Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies welcomes two Honorary Fellows. (Published 27 August 2014)

Professor Samuel Cohn

Professor Samuel Cohn, who was appointed Professor of Medieval History at the University of Glasgow in 1995 and more recently served as Distinguished Visiting Professor, Medieval Studies, at the University of California Berkeley, is a distinguished medieval historian who has published ten monographs and numerous articles on plagues and disease, popular protest, and gender history since 1980.

Professor Cohn has many connections with Edinburgh and has given over ten public lectures in the city under the auspices, inter alia, of the Royal College of Physicians and the Denys Hay Medieval and Renaissance Seminar (now the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Seminar), most recently in 2012.

Dr Patricia Allerston

Dr Patricia Allerston is Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Scottish National Gallery. She is a trained historian whose research on the second-hand clothes trade in early modern Venice and on aspects of European material culture has been published in a number of peer-reviewed British and European publications.

Dr Allerston is a graduate in History from the University of Edinburgh and she was a lecturer in History at Edinburgh between 1997 and 2005 before leaving to become Head of Education at the National Galleries of Scotland. She is involved with the Beauty by Design: Fashioning the Renaissance, research project and network, joint-founded and led with Mal Burkinshaw (Head of Fashion, Edinburgh College of Art) and Dr Jill Burke (History of Art) at the University of Edinburgh.