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Paul Halsall



PhD History: Fordham University, 1999
Dissertation: "Women's Bodies, Men's Souls: Sanctity and Gender in Byzantium"
Mentors: Prof. John Meyendorff (+1992), Prof. Maryanne Kowaleski

MA Classical Civilisation: Birkbeck College, University of London, 1986
Thesis: "How to Live after Alexander: Hellenistic Philosophers on the Good Life"
Mentor: Dr. Michael Trapp

Certificate in General Leadership Studies: Moray House College of Education: South East Scotland Training Association for Youth and Community Service, 1983

MA (Hons) History, Upper Second: University of Edinburgh, 1982

For MA (Hons.): Michael Angold, Gary Dickson, Carole Hillebrand, Robert Hillebrand, Peter Matheson, David F. Wright, Angus McKay, Harry Dickinson
For MA: Brian Cavan, Michael Trapp, David W. Hamlyn
For PhD Comps: John Meyendorff, Maryanne Kowaleski, Joseph O’Callaghan, Brian Lefkow
For PhD dissertation: Maryanne Kowaleski, Alice-Mary Talbot, Richard Gyug, Bryant Regan

Scholarships and Fellowships

Fordham University, Senior Teaching Fellow: 1996/97
Fordham University, Alumni Dissertation Fellowship: 1995/96
Fordham University, Teaching Fellowship: 1988/89, 1989/90
Fordham University, Graduate Assistantship 1987/88
Fordham University, Presidential Scholarship: 1987/88 through 1991/92

Honors and Awards

University of North Florida, Student Government Association, History Teacher of the Year, 2002
University of North Florida, Teaching and Technology Grant, summer 2000
Fordham University, History Department, Levack Prize for Service, 1999
Fordham University, Donnelly Memorial Prize in Medieval Studies, 1993
Fordham University, Graduate Student Association Teaching Fellow of the Year, 1988/89


"Review of Tom Linkinen, Same-sex Sexuality in Later Medieval English Culture, Crossing Boundaries: Turku Medieval and Early Modern Studies, (Amsterdam: Amsterdam, 2015)," in The Medieval Review 16.03.08 2016
"Early Western Civilization under the Sign of Gender:  Europe and the Mediterranean (4000BCE-1400CE)," in Blackwell Companion to Gender History, edited By Teresa A Meade and Merry E Wiesner-Hanks (Cambridge: Blackwell, 2005) 285-306.
"Likely Queers: The Queer Middle Ages Conference, New York, November 5-7 1998," SSHMA Newsletter, (Winter 1999), 1-7
"Review of Que(e)ring Religion: A Critical Anthology, ed. Gary David Comstock and Susan E. Henking, (New York: Continuum, 1997)", in CLGH: Committee on Lesbian and Gay History Newsletter,  1998
"A Guide to Modern Byzantine Literature," [annotated bibliography] Australian Association of Byzantine Studies Newsletter, Spring 1997
"The Life of St. Thomais of Lesbos," [annotated translation], in Holy Women of Byzantium, ed. Alice-Mary Talbot, (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 1996), 291-322
"Review of Donald. M. Nicol, The Byzantine Lady, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994)," in Medieval Feminist Newsletter, 1996
"Review of Derek Krueger, Symeon the Holy Fool: Leontius's Life and theLlate antique City, (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1996)," Bryn Mawr Medieval Review 1996

Papers and presentations

"The Internet Medieval Sourcebook: Intentions and Impacts," Leeds International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 3 July 2019
"Saints and Statistics," New York "Friends of the Saints" Hagiography Colloquy, New York, 15 January 2000
"The Internet History Sourcebooks Project and Teaching Methodologies," American Association for History and Computing Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, April 24 1999
"Friendship and Homosexuality in the Lives of Byzantine Saints," Queer Middle Ages Conference, City University of New York, 6 November, 1998
"Byzantine Studies on the Internet", Byzantine Studies Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 27 September 1997
"Wedded to Christ: Nuptiality and Gender Reversal in the Lives of Byzantine Male Saints," Byzantine Studies Conference, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 26 September 1997
"Using the Internet Medieval Sourcebook in Teaching" at Session: "What Do You Do After You Say `Ghee Whiz': Teaching with the Internet,” TEAMS at International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 1997
"The History of Women in the Priesthood," Dignity/New York, May 1995
"Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe: Evidence and Debates,” Gay Greek Association, New York, October 1994; Dignity/New York, January 1995
"Cruising the Internet: Internet Resources for Medievalists and Other Humanists,” Fordham University, 25th January 1993
"The Black Death in Byzantium,"  Fordham University History Lecture Series, April 1991, (was accepted for presentation at the XVIIIth International Congress of Byzantine Studies, University of Moscow, Moscow, August 8-14th, 1991, but not given due to interruption of travel plans)
"Balsamon's View of the Primacy of Constantinople," Byzantine Studies Conference, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, October 27th, 1989


World Wide Web Sites

Editor and originator, The Internet Ancient History Sourcebook, a collection of translated primary source documents for teaching.

Editor and originator, The Internet Medieval Sourcebook, a widely used collection of over a thousand translated primary source documents for teaching.

Editor and originator, Byzantium: Byzantine Studies on the Internet, the most comprehensive site for Byzantine studies on the World Wide Web.  It also contains pages commissioned by the International Congress on Byzantine Studies and the Australian Association for Byzantine Studies. /halsall/Byzantium.html 

Editor and originator, The Internet Modern History Sourcebook, a collection of over five hundred translated primary source documents for teaching.

Teaching Experience

University of Manchester History Department, Aug 2008-2013
Teaching both full courses (England under Richard II), and as an Assistant Teaching Assistant in general medieval courses and on the Crusades.

Assistant Professor, University of North Florida, 1999-2005
"Core I: Western Civilization to 1668"
"Core II: Western Civilization since 1668 "
"Medieval History"
"Islamic History to 1799"
"History of Sex and Gender"
"The Crusades "
"Saints and Sainthood"
"Core Abroad" (5 study abroad courses, 2000-2005)
"Istanbul in History"
"Myth, Epic, and Romance: Medieval History and Film,"
"Graduate Readings in European History I and II"

Lecturer (1998/9), Adjunct Lecturer (1993-98) Brooklyn College,
"Shaping of the Modern World" for the Brooklyn College Virtual Core initiative
"Core 9: African, Latin American and Asian Studies". Responsible
for section of course devoted to Chinese history and culture.
.           "Core 4: The Shaping of the Modern World"
"History 12: Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution"

Senior Teaching Fellow (1996/7) and Adjunct Lecturer (1995, 1997-98), Fordham University,
" Introduction to Medieval History"
" The Shaping of the Medieval World"
"The West: Enlightenment to Present"

Adjunct Lecturer, City College of New York, Summer 1995
"History 102: World Civilization since 1500"

Adjunct Lecturer, Rutgers University,  Spring 1995
"History 320: Classical World" (Roman and Late Antique
history - an upper level course)
"History 358: Modern Europe: War and Revolution" (European history
since 1918 - an upper level course)

Adjunct Lecturer, Brooklyn College, 1993/94, 1994/95

Adjunct Lecturer, Queensborough Comm. College, 1992/93,  Spring 1994, Fall 1994
"History 110: Ancient Civilizations"

Adjunct Lecturer, Brooklyn College, Fall 1992
"Core 4: The Shaping of the Modern World"

Adjunct Lecturer, Rutgers University, Fall 1992
"Europe Since 1945" (upper level course)

Adjunct Lecturer, Manhattan College, 1990/91, 1991/1992
"The Medieval World"
"The Ancient World"

Adjunct Lecturer, College of Mount St. Vincent, Spring 1991, Spring 1992
"Development of Civilization"

Teaching Fellow, Fordham University, 1988/89, 1989/90
"History 1000: The Development of the Modern World"

Academic Service

Chair, College Curriculum Committee, University of North Florida, 2003-2005

Vice-President, Byzantine Studies Conference of North America, 2002-2003

President, Graduate Student Association, Fordham University, June 1990 to June 1992
Elected twice as a stipended officer to run the graduate student government: scheduling academic, professional, and social events; administering a $40,000 budget; and providing advice of all sorts to graduate students.

Freshmen Registration Counselor, Brooklyn College, May 1993 to February 1998
Interviewed and advised incoming and transfer students on appropriate programs. Made preliminary assessment of transfer credits.

Education-Related Job Experience

Editor, Internet History Sourcebooks Project, Jan 2005 - continuing
Ran and edited the primary website for historical primary sources

Academic Computing Consultant, Brooklyn College, Fall 1997
Advised on establishment of History department World Wide Web site and virtual teaching methodologies.

Interviewer, Columbia University School of Public Health, June 1988 to Sept. 1991 (summers)
Interviewed over 120 homosexual men as part of a research project into the psychosocial effects of the AIDS epidemic.

Graduate Assistant to Dean, August 1987 to July 1988
Fordham University, Bronx, NY.

Press Office Worker, Greater London Council, January to April 1986
Wrote brief press releases, provided information to journalists regarding the break-up of local government in London, supplied a press-cutting service and administrative support to senior council officers.

Assistant Director, Catholic International Students' Hostel, London, Mar. 1984 to Sept. 1985
Supervised clerical and support staff in 140 bed hostel, coordinated payments and registration, organized social programs and provided counseling and supervision to students.

Other Work Experience

Academic Web Consultant, Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, 2005-06

Clerical Officer, British Telecom, London, May 1986 to July 1987
Proofread and copy edited written material, maintained customer database using dBase III+, monitored budgets, prepared correspondence, trained employees on computing equipment, participated in telephone sales.

Fieldworker for Volunteers, YWCA, Edinburgh, April 1983 to March 1984
Recruited, interviewed, and placed volunteers in a variety of positions, maintained the records of volunteers, and publicized the work of the YWCA.


French, Ancient Greek, German, Latin

Press Interviews

On Homosexuality in Ancient Greece, WKCR, New York, July 2006
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On the Crusades/Kingdom of Heaven, National Public Radio, May 2005
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On the Crusades/Kingdom of Heaven, CNN International, May 2005

On the Internet History Sourcebooks Project, UNF Today, May 2004


The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is located at the History Department of  Fordham University, New York. The Internet Medieval Sourcebook, and other medieval components of the project, are located at the Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies.The IHSP recognizes the contribution of Fordham University, the Fordham University History Department, and the Fordham Center for Medieval Studies in providing web space and server support for the project. The IHSP is a project independent of Fordham University.  Although the IHSP seeks to follow all applicable copyright law, Fordham University is not the institutional owner, and is not liable as the result of any legal action.

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