Robert Portass

Rob Portass

I am a Lecturer in Medieval History in the School of History and Heritage.  The principal focus of my research is the early and central medieval history of the Iberian Peninsula: particular areas of interest include social relations in the village world; questions regarding the social and economic agency of peasants; and the nature and workings of politics in the absence of robust governmental apparatus and institutions.  The geographical focal points of my research are Atlantic Iberia and the Meseta, but I have also conducted research on other parts of Europe and I am indeed considerably influenced by comparative analysis.

From 2011 to 2014 I was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in History at the Faculty of History, University of Oxford and a JRF at St Hilda’s College, Oxford; during this period I undertook a comparative study of the nature of government and the consolidation of political power in early medieval Christian Spain and Anglo-Saxon England.  From 2007 to 2011 I took my DPhil in History at Balliol College, Oxford.  I completed my Masters in History at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and my undergraduate degree in Modern History and Modern Languages at Oriel College, Oxford.

Further information on Rob’s qualifications and research can be found here.