Mark Humphries has been Professor of Ancient History at Swansea since 2007, and is currently head of the Department of Classics, Ancient History, and Egyptology. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of St Andrews, and previously held posts at St Andrews, Leicester, Manchester, and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
His main areas of research focus on the transformation of the ancient world in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, and he has published extensively on the religious, political, and ideological history of the period 200-700 CE. His current work focuses on three areas:
- The interaction between local and imperial politics in the third to sixth centuries and the role of internal conflict in the fall of the Roman Empire.
- The development of Christianity in the Mediterranean world in Late Antiquity.
- Understanding developments in the Late-Antique Mediterranean in world-historical perspective.
He is also a general editor, with Professor Gillian Clark (Bristol) and Dr Mary Whitby (Oxford), of the series Translated Texts for Historians published by Liverpool University Press.
He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.