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Haldon John

John Haldon is emeritus Shelby Cullom Davis ’30 Professor of European History and emeritus Professor of Byzantine History and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University.  Since August 2016 he has been President of the Association Internationale des Études Byzantines ( bureau.html).  From 2013 until 2018 he was Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University (, and from 2009 until 2018 he was also Director of the Graduate Studies Program within the History Department at Princeton.  Before coming to Princeton he was Director of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (1996-2004) and Head of School of Historical Studies (2000-2004) at the University of Birmingham (UK).  He studied in the UK, Greece and Germany, and has held visiting positions and fellowships at a number of research centres, including the University of Munich and at the Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies, where he was a Senior Fellow.   He is a member and contributing author to several scholarly journals as well as adviser to several academic publishing houses. He is a Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, a member of the advisory board to the Wissenschafts–Campus Mainz and the Haifa University Centre for Mediterranean Studies, as well as of several other projects in Europe and the US.

His research focuses on the history and archaeology of the early and middle Byzantine empire, in particular during the period from the seventh to the twelfth centuries; on state systems and structures across the European and Islamic worlds from late ancient to early modern times; on the impact of climate change and environmental stress on societal resilience in pre-modern social systems, especially in the eastern Mediterranean and Balkan regions; and on the production, distribution and consumption of resources in the late ancient and medieval world, particularly in the context of warfare.

He has published many articles and monographs, most recently A tale of two saints.  The martyrdoms and miracles of Sts. Theodore ‘the recruit’ and ‘the general’ (Liverpool UP 2016) and The empire that would not die: the paradox of Byzantine survival ca 660-720 (Harvard UP 2016), he is also Director of two major research projects based at Princeton: the Avkat Archaeological Project (Turkey:

and the Princeton University Climate Change and History Research Initiative (



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History Department,                 Office: 2-C-19 Green Hall

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