My research and teaching interests lie in the intellectual, political and institutional history of the Byzantine Empire.with a particular focus on the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. I work mostly with textual and literary sources. My book on imperial ideology and political thought in Byzantium (1204-1330) published by Cambridge University Press in 2007 examined a wide variety of little known texts in order to shed light on the political imagination of the Byzantines, who saw their empire being transformed into a second-rate power in the Eastern Mediterranean. My recent article on the Donation of Constantine in Byzantium has addressed in a new way an old historiographical problem.
In recent years I have initiated and organised a number of symposia, conferences, seminar series, and exploratory workshops at the University of Birmingham, such the 43rd Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies Byzantium Behind the Scenes: Power and Subversion (March, 2010) and Conceptualising Balkan Space: Late Medieval and Early Modern Approaches (September, 2007).