Dr Rachel Moss
Lecturer in Late Medieval History
I was born in Saudi Arabia to British parents and spent the first part of my childhood in the Middle East before moving to London. I was educated at the University of York and was granted my PhD in Medieval Studies in January 2010 from the University's Centre for Medieval Studies. Since then I have been a visiting lecturer in the History Department at Leeds Trinity University College and was a postdoctoral researcher on the European Research Council-funded project Signs and States: Semiotics of the Modern State at Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.
My past and current research reflects a wide-ranging but interconnected series of interests largely related to the social, political and literary cultures of later medieval English society, particularly amongst urban elites and the gentry. Within these broad areas I am particularly interested in questions of gender and sexualities, especially masculinities; the household and family; Middle English romance and its audiences; and reading and writing culture. I have just published my first book, Fatherhood and its Representations in Middle English Texts (D.S. Brewer, 2013). I am currently developing a project on late medieval homosociality. I am also working on the language of letters and the nature of late medieval patronage.
I am also very interested in comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to research and participate regularly in conferences that cross disciplines and time periods. With colleagues from Birkbeck and the Sorbonne, I am coordinating a conference called Leadership, Power and Masculinity: From Antiquity to the Contemporary World, which will be held in Paris in 2014. I am keen to forge connections with researchers from other disciplines and time periods who share my core interests. My blog explores some of the themes of my research in a wider social context.
I teach British and European history covering the time period c.1000 - c.1550 and am convener for the courses History of the British Isles 1330 - 1550 and Crime and Punishment in England c.1280 - c.1450. I am committed to developing my teaching, and have recently achieved the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I regularly supervise undergraduate and masters-level dissertations. Students are welcome to approach me with their ideas.