Professor Julia Hillner

Staatsexamen, Ph.D. (Bonn)

Department of History

Honorary Professor of Medieval History

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Professor Julia Hillner
Department of History

I am the Principal Investigator of The Migration of Faith: Clerical Exile in Late Antiquity and of Women, Conflict and Peace: Gendered Networks in Early Medieval Narratives, a member of the Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters of the British School at Rome​, a co-editor of Gender & History, a member of the editorial board of Journal of Roman Studies, and a trustee of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies.



  • Hillner J (2015) Prison, punishment and penance in late antiquity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hillner J (2004) Jedes Haus ist eine Stadt: Privatimmobilien im spätantiken Rom. Bonn: Habelt. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

Journal articles


Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries


  • Hillner J, Mawdsley H & Rohmann D (2018) The Migration of Faith: Clerical Exile in Late Antiquity. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Research supervision

I teach social history of the Roman and late Roman empire. I am happy to supervise students interested in any aspect of this area, in particular those with interests in the city of Rome, the family, monasticism, crime and punishment, and late Roman and early medieval law.

Current Students

Second Supervisor

  • Kelsey Madden (Second Supervisor, Department of Archaeology) -  Vulnerable Victims of War: The Meaning and Significance of Barbarian Women and Children Represented in Roman Conquest Iconography from the 1st to the 4th centuries AD.

All current students

Completed Students
  • Simon Hosie (MPhil) - Cataloguing the Empire: The Regionary Catalogues and the Role and Purpose of Bureaucratic Inventories.
  • Harold Mawdsley - Exile in the Western Successor-States, 439 - C.650.


Find out more about PhD study in History

Teaching activities


  • HST230 - The Family in Late Antiquity: Romans, Barbarians and Christians
  • HST2025 - Match of the Day: The Nika Riot in 532
  • HST3113/14 - The Phoenix City: Rome in Late Antiquity (300-600)


  • HST6033 - Crime and Punishment in Late Antiquity
  • HST6084 - Writing Late Antique Lives
Professional activities and memberships

I am a member of the editorial board of Journal of Roman Studies, a co-editor of Gender & History and an editor of Early Medieval Europe,

I serve as an elected  member of the Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters of the British School at Rome (2017-2021) and as an elected member of the council of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, of which I am also a trustee

I am on the Advisory Board of the ERC funded project "Connected Clerics. Building a Universal Church in the Late Antique West" (CONNEC), directed by Dr David Natal (Royal Holloway), and a 'Fachgutachter' for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

I am a member of the Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica (AIAC)

Administrative roles:

I am the Department of History's REF coordinator.

Public engagement

I am a committee member of the Sheffield branch of the Classical Association, which I chaired in 2010-11. In 2015-6 I supervised research into the history of the Sheffield Classical Association, conducted by Isobel Bowden and supported by a SURE project grant of the University of Sheffield. The results of this project can be found on the branch's website.

I am also on the Roman Society's Panel of Lecturers and can be booked for local Classical Association and school talks. I have recently given lectures in Bangor, Hull, Cardiff, Leeds, Edinburgh and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

In the media:

I am a regular contributor to the department's History Matters blog. I regularly blog about the research for my current monograph project, a biography of Helena, mother of Constantine, here.