Short CV/Education and training

  • 1967 – 1970
    University of Western Australia

  • 1970
    B.A. (Honours, First Class)

  • 1971 – 1974
    University of Cambridge (Clare Hall), research for Ph.D under the supervision of Walter Ullmann

  • 1974 – 1975
    University of Munich, Seminar für lateinische Philologie des Mittelalters (under Bernhard Bischoff) – Grad 1

  • 1976
    Ph.D University of Cambridge

  • 1977
    M.A. University of Cambridge

  • 1991
    Litt.D. University of Cambridge

  • 1979 – 1985
    Assistant Lecturer, University of Cambridge

  • 1985 – 1991
    University Lecturer (appointed to retiring age, 1987), Cambridge

  • 1991 – 1997
    Reader in early medieval European History, Cambridge

  • 1997 – 1999
    Professor of early medieval European history (Personal Chair)

  • Since 1999
    Professor of Medieval History (elected July 1998) Cambridge

  • 1974 – 1977
    Research Fellow in History, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

  • 1977 – 1997
    Fellow in History, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

  • 1997 – 2006
    Professorial Fellow, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

  • 1996 – 1998
    Vice-Principal, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

  • Since 2007
    Professorial Fellow, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge

Selected publications

  • McKitterick, Rosamond (1977): The Frankish Church and the Carolingian Reforms 789-895, Royal Historical Society, Studies in History, London.

  • McKitterick, Rosamond (1983): The Frankish Kingdoms under the Carolingians, 751-987. Longman: London.

  • McKitterick, Rosamond (1989): The Carolingians and the Written Word. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • McKitterick, Rosamond (1994): Books, scribes and learning in the Frankish kingdoms, sixth to ninth centuries. Aldershot : Ashgate.

  • McKitterick, Rosamond (1995): Frankish kings and culture in the early middle ages. Aldershot: Ashgate.

  • McKitterick, Rosamond (2004): History and memory in the Carolingian world. Cambridge University Press.

  • McKitterick, Rosamond (2006): Perceptions of the past in the early middle ages. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2006

  • McKitterick, Rosamond (2008): Karl der Große. Gestalten des Mittelalters und der Renaissance. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft and Primus Verlag (two imprints) and Charlemagne: the formation of a European identity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

  • McKitterick, Rosamond, E. Kwakkel, R. Thomson (2012): Turning over a new leaf: Change and development in the medieval manuscript. Leiden: Leiden University Press.

  • McKitterick, Rosamond (Ed.) (1990): The Uses of Literacy in Early Mediaeval Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • McKitterick, Rosamond: Carolingian Culture: emulation and innovation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. pp. 334 (hardback and paperback); second impression 1997.

    The New Cambridge Medieval History II: 700-900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)

  • McKitterick, Rosamond, R. Qinault (1996): Edward Gibbon and Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

  • The Short Oxford History of Europe: The Early Middle Ages. Europe 400-1000

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • HERA (ESF): Cultural memory and the resources of the past, 400-1000 (with colleagues in Vienna, Utrecht and Leeds)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member, Academia Europaea, 2011

  • Corresponding Fellow, Medieval Academy of America, 2006

  • Korrespondierendes Mitglied im Ausland, phil.-hist. Klasse, Oesterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Corresponding Fellow, Austrian Academy of Sciences), 2006

  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce, 2001

  • Korrespondierendes Mitglied der Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Germany, 1999

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, 1980

Additional qualifications

  • European Research and Teaching Evaluation and peer review of the following

  • Member Panel of assessors for the Royal Dutch Academy Research Professorships (awarded in all academic disciplines), 2008 – 2010

  • Institut Universitaire de France senior jury, 2009

  • University of Helsinki's History and Social Science History Departments and the Renvall Institute of Cultural Studies, 2005

  • (Chair) National research school (Onderzoekschool Medievistik) for Medieval Studies in the Netherlands, 2003 and 2010

  • Stammkommission of the Max Planck Institut für Geschichte in Göttingen, 2002 – 2003 and again 2004 – 2005

  • Medieval studies of the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Austrian Academy of Sciences), 2001 – 2002


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