Hugh Houghton is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing. He holds two degrees in Classics from Cambridge, specialising in the linguistics of early Christian texts, and degrees in Theology from Leeds and Birmingham. His first appointment at the University of Birmingham was in 2003 as a Teaching Fellow in the Institute for Archaeology and Antiquity, writing and delivering courses on Greek and Latin language and literature. He has been involved with ITSEE since its inception, working as a Research Fellow on the Vetus Latina Iohannes and Codex Sinaiticus projects. He is currently Principal Investigator on the COMPAUL project funded by the European Research Council and also Principal Investigator on the “Workspace for Collaborative Editing”, a collaborative endeavour between the universities of Birmingham, Münster and Trier funded by the AHRC/DFG. Dr Houghton has served as an advisor for several projects, including a facsimile series of Irish Latin manuscripts (ArCH) and the Biblindex database hosted by Sources Chrétiennes in Lyon, France. He was one of the UK representatives on the European Science Foundation Interedition initiative. He is currently Treasurer of the International Greek New Testament Project, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Executive Editor of the book series Texts and Studies published by Gorgias Press.
Dr Houghton's publications include a very well-received study of Augustine's biblical quotations, published by Oxford University Press in 2008, several journal articles on Latin Gospels, and broader surveys of aspects of the textual history of the New Testament. He has identified two new manuscript witnesses to the Old Latin versions of the Gospels and was instrumental in the rediscovery of complete sets of images of two tenth-century bibles which were destroyed in the Spanish Civil War. He has worked on a number of digital editions, including www.codexsinaiticus.org, the electronic transcription of Codex Bezae and www.iohannes.com, and has presented papers at conferences on biblical and patristic literature in the UK, Europe and North America.