Dr. Matthew Kinloch

Joint Fellow in Byzantine and Renaissance History – Boğaziçi University (Byzantine Studies Research Center), Istanbul, and Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), Florence

Matthew received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2018 with a thesis titled Rethinking Thirteenth-Century Byzantine Historiography: A Postmodern, Narrativist, and Narratological Approach. He holds an MRes in Byzantine studies from the University of Birmingham and a BA in ancient, medieval, and modern history from Durham University. He has spent time as a Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, as a Guest lecturer at Masaryk University, Brno, and as a Gästdoktorand in Greek linguistics and philology at Uppsala University.

He is currently working on a comparative project entitled Minor Characters across Historiographies: A Comparative Narratological Analysis of Urban Populations in the Histories of Doukas and Leonardo Bruni, as joint fellow in Byzantine and Renaissance history at Boğaziçi University and Villa I Tatti.

As part of the Wittgenstein-Prize Project team, Matthew principally worked on the narration of personal and collective agency in late Byzantine historiography (Feb 2018–Sep 2019) and textual presentations of labour mobility and forced resettlement (May 2020–Sep 2020).


Research interests:

  • Late Byzantine historiography
  • Narratology and narrative theory
  • Characters and character Systems
  • Deconstruction and the philosophy of historiography
  • Gender and queer theory
  • Reception studies



Publications (selection):

Kinloch, M., and MacFarlane, A. (eds.), Trends and Turning-Points: Constructing the Late Antique and Byzantine World (Leiden: Brill, 2019). 

Kinloch, M., Rethinking Thirteenth-Century Byzantine Historiography: A Postmodern, Narrativist, and Narratological Approach (Doctoral Thesis for the University of Oxford, 2018).

Kinloch, M., ‘In the Name of the Father, the Husband, or Some Other Man: The Subordination of Female Characters in Byzantine Historiography’, Dumbarton Oaks Papers 74 (2020). [forthcoming]

Kinloch, M., ‘The Nikaian Narrative: Rethinking the Historiography of the Thirteenth-Century Byzantine World’, in K. Akalin and S. Kiliç (eds), Iznik/Nicaea on its Way to Become a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Bursa: Bursa Büyükşehir Belediyesi Yayınevi, 2020), 471-490.

W: https://itatti.harvard.edu/people/matthew-kinloch