Richard Andrew William Rex, MA, PhD. Polkinghorne Fellow in Theology and Religious Studies; Director of Studies in Theological and Religious Studies; College Lecturer in History (away for 2017-2018 academic year)
As Director of Studies I am responsible for organising the teaching for Theology and Religious Studies undergraduates, and I supervise for Part 1A. I also teach for Part 1 History students. In general I try to avoid a formulaic supervision style, and prefer to tailor my teaching to the individual student, taking into account their interests and priorities. I work hard to provide detailed feedback, particularly on the substance and structure of essays, and am a careful reader of students' work.
Within college I have been a Graduate Tutor since 2011 and Deputy Senior Tutor from 2013 till 2017. Many graduate students find that their working lives focus more on their department than on their college, but I try to make sure graduate students are aware of and benefit from the opportunities the college has to offer.
It's not called 'reading for a degree' for nothing.
My research mainly clusters around two themes: religious change in England in the late medieval and early modern era, in particular during the reign of Henry VIIl; and the relationship between humanism and the early reformation in Europe. My latest book, the Making of Martin Luther, was published by Princeton University Press in autumn 2017.
Although I am based within the Faculty of Divinity, where I lecture the first year course in the History of Christianity, my teaching interests and activities also overlap with those of the Faculty of History. For the History Faculty I supervise for the papers in early modern British and early modern European history. I am currently supervising three PhD students across both faculties and am also happy to supervise MPhil dissertations for students in either Faculty.