Dr Nick Evans


I am an early medieval historian, specialising in Byzantium, the Caucasus and the Eurasian steppe. My undergraduate and postgraduate studies were at the University of Oxford. I have worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the Moving Byzantium Project at the Academy of Sciences in Vienna, a Junior Research Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, and a Lecturer in Medieval HIstory at King’s College London, where I am currently a Visiting Research Fellow. 

Research interests

  • Byzantine economic and social history

  • Late Antique and Medieval Caucasus

  • Medieval Eurasian steppe societies

  • Approaches to pre-modern imperialism

  • The history of archaeology in Russia and the former Soviet Union

My research integrates material culture and the textual sources to investigate the social and economic history of the West Eurasian steppe and the frontiers of the Byzantine and Islamic worlds. I am also interested in the cultural and intellectual contexts of Russian and Soviet archaeological scholarship.I am currently developing a project on medieval economic anthropology. The project compares Byzantine and Muslim writing about economic behaviour in other societies, and explores the underlying assumptions about how economies work that this writing reveals.

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  • DPhil History, University of Oxford, 2012-2016
  • MSt Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford, 2011-12
  • BA History and Russian, University of Oxford, 2007-2011.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies
  • Member of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies

Student education

I lecture and tutor on modules relating to medieval history and material culture across the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum.