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Victoria Leonard is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities at Coventry University. She joined the Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, as a Research Associate in 2017, and became a Research Fellow in 2020. Before her appointment at Coventry, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher as part of the ERC-funded project ‘Connected Clerics. Building a Universal Church in the Late Antique West (380-604 CE)’, at Royal Holloway, University London and the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ACDH-ÖAW), Austrian Academy of Sciences (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften). Her role within the project involved compiling data on clerical connections and using adapted digital tools to examine and visualize evolving clerical networks in the late ancient and early medieval western Mediterranean.

Victoria’s research focuses on the late antique and early medieval western Mediterranean, with a special interest in: social network analysis, data collection and digital humanities; ancient and early medieval historiography; ancient religion, particularly Christianity; and gender, sexuality, violence, and theories of the body in antiquity. Victoria has published articles in the journals Vigiliae Christianae, Studies in Late Antiquity, and Gender & History. Her monograph, In Defiance of History: Orosius and the Unimproved Past, is under contract with Routledge. With Laurence Totelin and Mark Bradley, Victoria is editing the volume Bodily Fluids in Antiquity for Routledge. She has written for The Guardian and The Times Higher Education, and she has contributed to BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking. Victoria is a founding member, former co-chair, and steering committee member of the Women’s Classical Committee (UK). She organises #WCCWiki which seeks to improve the representation of women classicists (broadly conceived) on Wikipedia.

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Research Fellow, University of London

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  • 1 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 3 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Digital or Visual Media

History-writing and Education in Late Antique and Early Medieval Iberia

Wood, J. & Leonard, V., 2020, Historiography and Identity II: Post-Roman Multiplicity and New Political Identities. Heydemann, G. & Reimitz, H. (eds.). Belgium: Brepols, p. 237-67 (Historiography and Identity).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Ideal (Bleeding?) Female: Hypatia of Alexandria and Distorting Patriarchal Narratives

Leonard, V., 2020, Hypatia of Alexandria : Her Context and Legacy. LaValle Norman, D. & Petkas, A. (eds.). Germany: Mohr Siebeck, p. 171-192 22 p. (Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Advancing Feminism Online: Online Tools, Visibility, and Women in Classics

Leonard, V. & Bond, S. E., 1 Mar 2019, In : Studies in Late Antiquity. 3, 1, p. 4-16 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Galla Placidia as ‘Human Gold’: Consent and Autonomy in the Sack of Rome, CE 410

    Leonard, V., 28 Jul 2019, In : Gender and History. 31, 2, p. 334-352 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Female scholars are marginalised on Wikipedia because it's written by men

    Leonard, V., 12 Dec 2018

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchDigital or Visual Media


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