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Kathleen Neal holds a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Melbourne with Honours in History, and a Master of Studies in Historical Research (Medieval) from Oxford University. Her doctoral thesis in History was undertaken at Monash on letters and letter writing in thirteenth-century English government. She also holds a PhD in Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology from The University of Melbourne.

Kathleen’s research focuses on late medieval political culture in Britain and France, and mechanisms of personal identification in the later medieval period. She is also interested in medieval theories of grammar and rhetoric, social diplomatic, pragmatic literacy, gender, and authorship/authority.

You can follow Kathleen’s recent work through her academic blog In Thirteenth Century England, and through her Academia.edu profile.

Monash teaching commitment

ATS1316 Medieval Worlds: From Vikings to the Silk Road

ATS1317 Renaissance Worlds: Conflict, Art, Invention

ATS2110 Slavery: A History

ATS2271 Beowulf: An interdisciplinary approach

ATS2932 Struggles for Justice

ATS3589 Uniting the Kingdoms? Culture & Identity in Britain 1066-1660

ATS4215 History Archives Workshop


  • gender
  • medieval history
  • Political history
  • rhetoric
  • letter-writing
  • identification
  • governance

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Research Output 2008 2018

A Team-Based “Public History” Assessment for Undergraduates: Rationale, Design and Implementation in a Medieval History Course

Neal, K. B., Amendola, R. N., Jeske, D., Joyce, S. J., Baudinette, S., Martorana, R. & Smith, E. G. 2018 In : International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 30, 2, p. 333-348 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

From letters to loyalty: Aline la Despenser and the meaning(s) of a noblewoman's correspondence in thirteenth-century England

Neal, K. B. 2015 Authority, Gender and Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern England. Broomhall, S. (ed.). Hampshire UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 18 - 33 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Open Access

Magna Carta: personal encounters, popular culture and Australian links

Neal, K. B., Lynch, A. & Headon, D. 2015 Papers on Parliament: Magna Carta 800 Symposium. Waring, P. (ed.). Canberra ACT Australia: Commonwealth Government of Australia, Vol. 65, p. 85-115 31 p. (Papers on Parliament)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOther

'The Signing of Magna Carta'

Neal, K. B. 2015 Medieval Lego. Beights, G. (ed.). No Starch Press, p. 42 44 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Other

‘The excommunication of King John’

Neal, K. B. 2015 Medieval Lego. Beights, G. (ed.). No Starch Press, p. 31 33 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Other


Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Kathleen Bronwyn Neal (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Founders' Prize

Kathleen Bronwyn Neal (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

George Yule Prize

Kathleen Bronwyn Neal (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2009 2018

Pipe Roll Society, Council

Neal, K. B. (Member)
Jul 2018Jul 2019

Activity: Professional association or peak discipline body

Women's History Review (Journal)

Neal, K. B. (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Peer review responsibility

Translating Cultures of the Past, Online Film Series

Neal, K. B. (Contributor)

Activity: Public outreach

Journal of Medieval History (Journal)

Neal, K. B. (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Peer review responsibility

ARC Humanities Press - CARMEN Monographs and Studies (Publisher)

Neal, K. B. (Editorial board member)
2017 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility

Press / Media

The most feisty woman in medieval England: Empress Matilda, ABC Radio Interview

Kathleen Bronwyn Neal


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Loan of the Bayuex Tapestry, ABC Radio Interview

Kathleen Bronwyn Neal


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Magna Carta Turns 800, ABC Radio Interview

Kathleen Bronwyn Neal


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other