Dr John Sabapathy
John Sabapathy is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, and works on the comparative history of Europe/Christendom in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. His monograph Officers and Accountability in Medieval England, 1170-1300, a study of English officers in an European context, won the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize for 2015. He is interested in processes of institutionalization and his major current project is a wide-ranging study of thirteenth-century Europe, a volume in the new Oxford History of Medieval Europe series. He is also co-editing a volume on Individuals and Institutions in Medieval Scholasticism with Dr Antonia Fitzpatrick.
Before returning to UCL (where he took his PhD), he was a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College, Oxford. Between his BA and graduate degrees John worked in public policy on sustainable development and corporate accountability with a range of international think tanks, NGOs, corporations, and British and European governmental bodies.
John is interested in receiving research proposals from prospective students on topics addressing the political, intellectual and/or cultural history of Europe (including Britain) in the 'long' thirteenth century (c.1150-1350), including comparative ones.
Current supervisees: John currently supervises, co-supervises or second supervises Jacqueline Derrick (Marino Sanudo's maps), Anaïs Waag (thirteenth-century queens' letters), Benedict Wiedemann (papal lordship 1000-1300), and Agata Zielinska (Polish ecclesiastical institutions in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries).
Recent PhDs: John was the second supervisor for Drs Emily Corran (lying in medieval thought) and Louisa Taylor (ideals of elite male conduct in medieval England, Norway and Denmark).
- Officers and Accountability in Medieval England 1170-1300 (OUP, 2014)
For a full list of publications, see John's Iris profile.
Individuals and Institutions in Medieval Scholasticism is a project with Dr Antonia Fitzpatrick (Oxford University) exploring those phenomena and their interrelationships. A volume - the product of a UCL-Oxford supported European conference in 2015 - is forthcoming.
- Financial Times video on parallels between the 'gig' (e.g. Uber/Deliveroo) and 'feudal' economies, 2016
- Wrote and presented a documentary (Inside Job Productions) marking the 2012 millennium of St Alfege's Church, Greenwich (St Alfege/Ælfheah was an archbishop of Canterbury, possibly martyred in 1012 by being battered to death by ox bones at a drunken Viking banquet)