Professor Jeremy Johns
Director, Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, University of Oxford
In 2004, Professor Jeremy Johns was appointed the first director of the Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, and was awarded the title of Professor of the Art and Archaeology of the Islamic Mediterranean in 2006.
From 2007–2009 he was Chair of the Faculty of Oriental Studies and Deputy Chair of the Division of Humanities of the University of Oxford.
His main area of interest is in the relationship between Islam and Christianity in medieval Mediterranean as it is manifested in material and visual culture.
After school he worked as an archaeologist in Libya and Italy, before reading History at Balliol College, Oxford. He later undertook a doctorate on the Muslims of Norman Sicily at Oxford University.
He has previously worked as a lecturer in Early Islamic Archaeology at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and also as a lecturer in Islamic Archaeology and Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford University.
He has published more than 60 articles on the art, archaeology and history of the Islamic Mediterranean, especially Norman Sicily, as well as editing and contributing to two collections of studies on Jerusalem in the early Islamic period.