Charlotte Lewandowski

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Charlotte is Interim Head of History. Originally from Bartley Green, Charlotte studied for her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Birmingham. Her ARHC-funded PhD, ‘Cultural Expressions of Episcopal Power, 1070 – c. 1150’ was awarded in July 2011. Before moving to Newman in 2015, Charlotte taught at the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick.


Current Teaching

Charlotte teaches medieval history, with a particular focus on the long twelfth century. She is happy to supervise dissertations on medieval history or historiography. Charlotte also leads several modules as part of the accelerated Applied Humanities BA, including @apphumanities Consultants. She also contributes to Newman’s Foundation Year and the MRes programme.

Research Interests

Charlotte is interested in the development of national identity and the cultural construction of power. Increasingly her historical research can be viewed as medievalism. She is currently working on a joint research project called Building Birmingham.

Other Activities

Selected Conference Papers

The Bishop as a Man: Gendered Discourses on Episcopal Power’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds University, 3 July 2019

Ecclesiastical History Society Summer Conference, ‘A new Constitutional History: Reassessing the English Primacy Dispute, 1070–c.1150’, Ecclesiastical History Society, Cambridge University, 24 July 2018

‘Episcopal Power and the Decline and Fall of the Anglo-Norman Empire’, Ecclesiastical History Society, Edinburgh University, 27 July 2016


A racial nation: ethnocentric nationalism and historical representations of the Norman conquest’ (pending submission).

Lewandowski (2018) ‘Old Saints and New Cathedrals: Expressing Episcopal Power in Durham’s New Cathedral in the Late Eleventh Century’, in (eds.) Peter Coss, Chris Dennis, Melissa Julian-Jones, and Angelo Silvestri, Episcopal Power and Local Society in Medieval Europe, 900–1400. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 221-238.