I read Theology at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford; did my doctoral research in Oxford; spent two years at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris; then returned to the UK to take up my first job as Lecturer in Theology at Hull University. After a year I was appointed Lecturer in the History and Theology and the Latin West at Durham University, where I remained for just over twenty-five years (I was appointed Professor in 2008) . I moved to Oxford in 2015 to become Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity and Canon of Christ Church. I became a Fellow of the British Academy in 2018.
History of Christianity; Historical and Systematic Theology
Early Christianity. My research has focussed on the Latin West, especially Augustine of Hippo (354-430); auditory culture; spirituality; language; exegesis; sense perception and materiality; music.