Dr. John Haldon

Title: Historian
Company: Princeton University
Location: Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Dr. John Haldon, Historian at Princeton University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history and higher education.

Dr. Haldon became interested in his profession from a young age; when he was 8 years old, his father gave him a world history book, which Dr. Haldon read ten times. His passion for history deepened as he grew into adolescence, studying Latin and history in high school. Upon earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, he delved into studying medieval history and archaeology. He subsequently obtained a master’s degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Germany, followed by a doctorate from the University of Birmingham.

Currently, Dr. Haldon is the Shelby Cullom Davis ’30 Professor of European History, professor of Byzantine history and Hellenic studies, and director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University. He has also been the director of graduate studies for the history department at Princeton University since 2009. Teaching in the realm of Byzantine history from the late Roman to the 12th century, he is also interested in environmental history, material culture, and social history from late antiquity through the 14th century. He is renowned for being part of the first generation in his field to combine archaeology with environmental science, anthropology, and sociology.

Prior to his present appointments, Dr. Haldon was a senior fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies in Washington, D.C., from 2007 to 2013. He also served the University of Birmingham in a number of capacities, including dean of faculty from 2000 to 2005, department chair from 1995 to 2000, and junior professor from 1980 to 1995. He is the president of the Association Internationale des Etudes Byzantines and a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In addition, he has served on the editorial board of various scholarly journals throughout Europe and the United States.

Alongside his career endeavors, Dr. Haldon has been a prolific author, penning such works as “The Empire That Would Not Die: The Paradox of Eastern Roman Survival, 640-740” in 2016, “A Tale of Two Saints: The Passions and Miracles of Saints Theodore ‘The Recruit’ and ‘The General’” in 2016, “A Critical Commentary on the Taktika of Leo VI” in 2014, and “Byzantium in the Iconoclast Era: A History” in 2011. He has also contributed as coauthor to more than 25 books.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to his field, Dr. Haldon was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and member of the Archaeological Institute of America. Looking toward the future, he plans to progress forward with three significant projects to cement his status in the industry and retire in June 2018.

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