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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. She has been a visiting fellow of the University of Lincoln (UK) and The Oxford Centre for Research in the Humanities, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Kathleen’s research focuses on late medieval political culture, communication and diplomacy. She is also interested in medieval theories of grammar and rhetoric, social diplomatic, pragmatic literacy, gender, and authorship/authority. In collaboration with Prof. Constant J. Mews, she is currently completing work on Addressing Injustice in the Medieval Body Politic, a Discovery Project which was funded by the ARC.

Kathleen is an award-winning pedagogue, having been recognized by the Australian Awards for University Teaching, the Monash Student Association Teaching Awards, the Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Awards and the Faculty of Arts Teaching Awards.

Monash teaching commitment

ATS1611 Exchange and Encounter in the Premodern World 1100-1750 (Introduction to History B)

ATS2110 Slavery: A History

ATS2828 A History of War

ATS2932 Struggles for Justice

ATS4520 Honours Research Methods

ATS4869 Philosophical and Historical Studies Honours B


Past units

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

ATS1316 Medieval Worlds: From Vikings to the Silk Road

ATS1317 Renaissance Worlds: Conflict, Art, Invention

ATS2271 Beowulf: An interdisciplinary approach

ATS4215 History Archives Workshop

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

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