Dr. Michael Ledger-Lomas

Dr. Michael Ledger-Lomas comes to Corpus Christi and St Mark’s College from London, UK, and brings with him passionate and overlapping interests in the history of Christianity and in modern British and European history. He is excited to introduce students to historical sources and to explore with them the extraordinary relevance of the past to understanding our present moment.



Current Research Projects

Michael is beginning a new book project on encounters between religions and the British Empire in the reign of Edward VII. He also has essays forthcoming on a variety of nineteenth-century topics: the career and reception of the notorious biblical critic David Friedrich Strauss, royal tours of the world, heretical explorers in the Holy Land, the Victorian controversy over whether the Bible permitted men to marry the sisters of their deceased wives and the sermons of the pioneering scientist William Whewell.


BA, MPhil and PhD in History, University of Cambridge


Queen Victoria: This Thorny Crown (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021)

Editor, The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions: The Nineteenth Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)

Editor, Dissent and the Bible in Britain, c.1650-1950 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Editor, Cities of God: The Bible and Archaeology in Nineteenth-century Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Previous Appointments

Lecturer in the History of Christianity in Britain, King’s College, London

Dr. Jessica Hemming

Jessica Hemming teaches Medieval & Renaissance History, English Literature, and occasionally Celtic Mythology, at Corpus Christi and St. Mark’s Colleges. Her principal specialist area is medieval Welsh literature, with sidelines in folktale, mythology, and the cultural history of the early Celts. She is the Editor of the London-based international journal “Folklore,” with which she has worked in one capacity or another since 2000.

Her research interests include the semantics of colour terms in Middle Welsh and more generally the cultural significance of colour perception and naming; sensory aspects of medieval lyric poetry; landscape in Medieval Welsh literature; the “female gaze” in early Celtic texts; ancient Celtic mythology.


History and English


  • PhD Medieval Celtic Studies (Cambridge)
  • MA Folklore (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • BA Anthropology (Reed College)

Kathryn Mckay

Kathy’s work focuses on the examination of Canadian and Indigenous histories. She endeavours to find examples where these narratives overlap and others where they diverge. She is also interested in the history of medicine, specifically the history of psychiatry and marginalized peoples in Canada. She has taught at Corpus Christi since 2017 and finds that the smaller classes encourage teaching and listening rather than just lecturing. She believes that at Corpus there is the real possibility to engage students through discussion both during and after class.




B.A. (1999) and M.A. (2002) in History from University of Victoria.


2018 “Settler Colonial thought and psychiatric practice in early twentieth century British Columbia, Canada,” in Archiving Settler Colonialism: Culture, Race, and Space edited by Rebecca Hightower and Yuting Huang, 205-17.

2018 “Disturbing the Dead: Diversity and Commonality among the Sto:lo” in Towards a New Ethnohistory: Community Engaged Indigenous History edited by Keith Carlson, John Lutz, Sonny McHalsie and Dave Schaepe, University of Manitoba Press, 133-151

2015 “From Blasting Powder to Tomato Pickles: Patient work at the provincial mental hospitals in British Columbia, Canada” in Work, Psychiatry, and Society, edited by Waltraud Ernst, Manchester University Press, 99-116.

Current Research Projects

The committal of Indigenous people in BC to the provincial mental hospital from 1900-1950.

Tatiana van Riemsdijk

Tatiana’s teaching interests include: slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world, North American histories from early contact to present day, social history, labour history.


History, Social Justice and Peace Studies


PhD History

Book Reviews

 “Enslaved women in America: from colonial times to emancipation” by Emily West   Journal of Southern History    82(May 2016):407-408

“An African Republic: Black and White Virginians in the Making of Liberia,” by Marie Tyler-McGraw   Journal of Southern History  76(Aug, 2010): 712-713. 

Review Essay

“Africans, Creoles, and Rumoured Rebels: New Readings in American Slavery” (Review essay) Canadian Review of American Studies   33, no.3(2003): 267-285

HIST 100: Early Medieval Europe

The influence of Classical, Germanic, and Slavic traditions and the impact of Christianity on the development of medieval Europe.

HIST 101: Later Medieval Europe

This course introduces students to the later medieval history of Europe, covering the period dating roughly from the year 1000 A.D to the beginning of the Renaissance. Special attention will be given to characteristic institutions and ideas in this period, including changes in the medieval church and Christianity, the evolution of political and social structures in Europe, and developments in education and scholarship. Attention will also be paid to the ongoing influence of forces outside Europe on medieval life and activities.

HIST 105: Pre-Confederation History of Canada

This course examines the history of the territories and colonies that became Canada. It begins before European-First Nations contact and ends in 1867, at Confederation. Given the extensive time and space covered by this course, we will focus on three questions which have shaped the country Canada is today:

HIST 106: Post-Confederation History of Canada

This course explores the history of Canada since Confederation [1867]. Topics include national expansion, Aboriginal and Metis resistance, economic cycles, and two world wars. The course also considers the ways in which the lives of the diverse peoples of Canada have been transformed by industrialization, urbanization and immigration, and affected by race, class, gender and region.

HIST 110: Indigenous Peoples in Colonial North America

This course examines indigenous North America from pre-European contact through the mid-19th Century. It focuses on the history of indigenous peoples and nations within the present-day boundaries of the United States and Canada (Turtle Land). Emphasis will be placed on appreciating the diversity of traditions and pasts experienced by the many nations of Turtle Island and to work against monolithic treatments of this topic. This course will proceed chronologically from the contact period through the establishment of European colonies and settlements to consider especially how native peoples responded to these developments. Themes include cross-cultural collaborations across linguistic and spatial divides, the clash between settler and indigenous economies, political and religious systems and the relationship native peoples developed with other racialized groups. Special attention will be paid to the complex relationship native peoples have had with European forms of Christianity over time.

HIST 111: Indigenous Peoples in Late 19th and 20th Century North America

This course examines indigenous North America from the mid-late 19th Century through the early 21st Century. It focuses on the history of indigenous peoples and nations within the present-day boundaries of the United States and Canada (Turtle Island). Emphasis will be placed on appreciating the diversity of traditions and pasts experienced by the many nations of Turtle Island and to work against monolithic treatments of this topic.

HIST 200: Europe from Renaissance to French Revolution

An introduction to the history of early modern Europe, outlining the main periods and surveying some of the major political, intellectual, social, economic, and artistic developments that shaped European history from the close of the Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century.

HIST 201: Europe from French Revolution to Present

An introduction to the history of modern Europe, outlining the main periods and surveying some of the key political, intellectual, social, economic, and cultural developments that shaped European history from the French Revolution to the reunification of Germany and the fall of Soviet communism in the late twentieth century.

HIST 203: Classical Islamic Civilization

An introduction to the Classical period of Islamic history, from the birth of the Prophet Muhammed in 570 to the fall of Baghdad to the Mongols in 1258.

HIST 204: Islam from the Mongols to the Modern Day

A study of the early modern and modern history of the Muslim world, beginning with the Mongol conquests of the mid 13th century and ending with the modern day. The course demonstrates how the Muslim world has developed into the form it has at present, enabling students better to understand the events and issues that they see making headlines today.

HIST 210: “Race” and Slavery in Colonial North America

This is the first course of a two-part series on the history of racism in North America. Using critical assessments of race and racism as entry points, this course will introduce students to major themes in the history of the United States and Canada from the late 17th Century and/or colonial era through period of the American Civil War as well as Canadian Confederation in 1867.