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Alex Russell

BA (Oxford), DPhil (Oxford)

Research interests 

My research focuses on the religious and intellectual history of the later middle ages and early modern period. My PhD thesis examined the relationship between England and the general councils of the Church between 1409 and 1563. More recently, I have become interested by the relationship between philosophy and political thought in the later middle ages. This has involved work on contemporary reactions to the thought of John Wyclif and his views on physics. My Leverhulme research project will examine the theory and practice of corporate government in the period 1350–1550. It stems from my interest in the history of political thought and my research on the practicalities of collective decision-making.

My association with the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at Warwick began with research work under Ingrid De Smet and Philip Ford on their project on Neo-Latin Poetry in Renaissance France. This project has fostered my interest in the formation of scholarly networks in the middle ages and the early modern period.

In addition to my Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Warwick, I have held a Centenary Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research funded by the Royal Historical Society. I have also been a Mellon Fellow at the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies in Toronto.


 ‘Conciliarism and Heresy in England’ in V. Gillespie and K. Ghosh (eds.), After Arundel: Religious Writing in Fifteenth-Century England (Turnhout, 2012), 155 – 65

‘The Colloquy of Poissy, François Baudouin and English Protestant Identity, 1561– 1563’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History (forthcoming: late 2013) 

‘Popular authority in conciliar and canonistic thought: the case of elections’, Revue de l’histoire des religions (forthcoming: June 2014)