Dr Joanna Phillips


As Research and Impact Development Officer, my main responsiblities include:

  • Supporting the Director of Research and Innovation in the development of School research strategy and culture
  • Supporting the Director of Impact in developing relationships with external partners
  • Providing high-level support for the School’s Research Excellence Framework submission and review
  • Supporting research staff with data management and record-keeping
  • Oversight of the School’s research events and activities
  • Management of research-related expenditure and HR engagements
  • Managing the School’s visiting research fellow programme

Research interests

I gained my PhD from the Institute for Medieval Studies in 2017. My thesis is entitled ‘The Experience of Sickness and Health during Crusader Campaigns to the Eastern Mediterranean, 1095–1274’, and is available for consultation here.

My key publications are:

  • ‘Who Cared: Locating Caregivers in Chronicles of the Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Crusades’, Social History of Medicine (2021), https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hkz100
  • ‘Crusader Masculinities in Bodily Crises: Incapacity and the Crusader Leader, 1095-1274’, in Crusading and Masculinities, ed. by Natasha Hodgson, Katherine J. Lewis, and Matthew Mesley (London: Routledge, 2019), pp. 149-164.
  • ‘William of Malmesbury, Medical Historian of the Crusades’, in Discovering William of Malmesbury, ed. by Rodney M. Thomson, Emily Dolmans, and Emily A. Winkler (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2017), pp. 129-138.

I have reviewed for HistoryThe Journal of Religious Literature History and Culture, and De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History and welcome invitations for book review.