Prof Simon Ditchfield

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Simon Ditchfield, President Elect (2014-15) is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of York and has been a member of the society since 1992, serving as an ordinary committee member 1994-97. He studied for both his M.Phil and Ph.D at the Warburg Institute of the University of London and has been at York since 1991, where he began his career as a British Academy post-doctoral fellow. He has published widely on early modern Roman Catholicism; the cult of saints, the history of liturgy and of ecclesiastical scholarship. Author of Liturgy, Sanctity and History in early modern Italy (1995), he is currently completing the volume on the Counter-Reformation for the Oxford History of the Christian Church series, entitled: Papacy and Peoples: the making of Roman Catholicism as a world religion 1500-1700. He also co-edited (with Kate van Liere and Howard Louthan) the essay collection: Sacred History: uses of the Christian past in the Renaissance world, (OUP, 2012). Simon is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Accademia Ambrosiana (sezione Borromaica), Milan.

BA (Hons) in History - University of York - 1980

M.Phil in Combined Historical Studies - University of London (Warburg Institute) - 1987 

Ph.D in Combined Historical Studies - University of London (Warburg Institute) - 1991

British Academy post-doctoral fellow - University of York - 1991-94

Temporary Lecturer - University of York - 1994-96

Project director Heritage studies as applied history project - University of York 1996-99

Lecturer in History - University of York - 1998-2002

Senior Lecturer in History - University of York - 2002-06

Reader in History - University of York - 2006-14

Professor of Early Modern History - University of York - 2014-