Institute of Archaeology

Dr Corisande Fenwick

Dr Corisande Fenwick


Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2015

Research summary

Research Interests

Roman, Late Antique & Islamic archaeology; North Africa and Mediterranean archaeology; Empires & Imperialism; Landscape studies; Death and burial; Spatial analysis

Research Projects and Networks

  • Islamic Archaeology Network

  • Rethinking the Islamic State

  • 'Building God’s Empire in the New Roman West', funded by the Leverhulme Trust examines the tense relationship between religion and empire in the sixth-century Mediterranean. Earlier scholarship has considered these issues through close study of religious texts and Christian iconography, but the most substantial dataset for the period – the hundreds of churches built or restored in Africa, Italy and Spain after the Byzantine reconquest – has yet to be systematically analysed. The project combines quantitative analysis of church-building trends with close study of how churches ‘worked’ in towns and the countryside to understand religion, politics and imperialism in late antiquity.

Teaching summary

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0083 The Early Islamic World

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0167 The Transformation of the Roman Mediterranean

Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0178 Themes and Debates in Islamic Archaeology

Course Co-ordinator (with Alice Stevenson): ARCL0199 Heritage Ethics & Archaeological Practice in the Middle East and Mediterranean


University College London
FHEA, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education | 2017
Stanford University
PhD, Anthropology | 2013
Stanford University
MA, Classics | 2011
University College London
BA, Archaeology | 2006


Corisande received her BA in Archaeology, Classics and Classical Art from the Institute of Archaeology. She then moved to the United States, where she gained an MA in Classics and a PhD in Anthropology at Stanford University in 2013. Before returning to the Institute in 2015, she held a post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Leicester. She has been awarded fellowships from various bodies, including the Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, Social Science Research Council, Dumbarton Oaks, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Loeb Foundation for her research and is a Fellow of the Society for Antiquaries. 

Corisande is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Islamic Archaeology (OUP, 2019) and the Aghlabids and their Neighbours (Brill, 2017) and has published many articles on different aspects of North Africa’s late antique and Islamic history. 

Corisande currently directs two major field projects: the Bulla Regia Archaeological Project in Tunisia (2014-) with Dr Moheddine Chaouali (Institut National du Patrimoine) and the Medieval Volubilis project in Morocco (2017-) with Prof Elizabeth Fentress and Prof Hassan Limane (INSAP), as well as being the medieval specialist on the Wadi Draa Project in Morocco (2015-) and the Co-PI of the capacity-building project Training in Action for members of the Tunisian and Libyan antiquities services. She is Honorary Secretary and a Council Member of the Society for Libyan Studies and on the Steering Group of the British-Tunisian Society.