Coming from Ripon College Cuddesdon, where she taught Ethics and Church History, Jane will be ably assisted by her sheepdog-pointer cross, Maggie Mae.
“We both love meeting new people and are really looking forward to getting to know all 800 plus members of the College community, as well as members of our alumni community,” said Jane.
Prior to Cuddesdon, Jane was a Fellow of Greyfriars Hall, Oxford, and University Research Lecturer in Eastern Church History on the Oxford Theology Faculty.
Following doctoral study at Princeton, Jane taught early medieval and Byzantine history at New York University. Her publications include Tales from Another Byzantium: Celestial Journey and Local Community in the Medieval Greek Apocrypha (Cambridge, 2007), and numerous articles probing the interface of ‘unofficial’ and ‘official’ belief and practice in medieval Orthodox religious culture.
Transatlantic marriage and motherhood brought Jane to Oxford in 2002. She has sung in choirs on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as in Moscow, where she lived and worked 1984-85. Qigong and Taiqi practice keep her grounded, and she loves travel, traditional and classical music, nature observation, and anything to do with the sea and boats.
Maggie Mae, a rescue dog who arrived in England from Bucharest in 2014, is, says Jane, “calm, highly intelligent and extremely stubborn”.