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Professor of Global History, University of Oxford

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History, Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College. He specialises in the history of the Byzantine Empire in the 11th Century, and in the history of Asia Minor, Russia and the Balkans. He works on medieval Greek literature and rhetoric, and on diplomatic and cultrual exchange between Constantinople and the islamic world, western Europe and the principalities of southern Russia.

He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia, Central and Southern Asia, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. He is particularly interested in exchanges and connections between regions and peoples.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Royal Geographic Society, Royal Asiatic Society, Royal Anthropological Institute, Royal Society of Arts.
President and Royal Society of Asian Affairs.


  • –present
    Professor of Global History, University of Oxford


  • 1998 
    Oxford University, PhD / History