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1994 …2022

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Dr Curran studied at QUB and The University of Oxford. He has been a visiting Fellow at St. John's College Oxford, and a recognised visiting scholar at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the Freie Universität in Berlin. 

He is a a Fellow of The Royal Historical Society, Trustee of The Classical Association in the UK, Treasurer and former Chair of The Classical Association in Northern Ireland, Queen's University representative on the board of The Classical Association of Ireland.

He is currently the Advisor of Studies for History at Queen's University.

Research Statement

He is an historian of Late Antiquity, and also of Romano-Jewish relations.

He has published a monographic study of the transformation of Rome in the fourth century C.E., as well as articles on early Christian society and literature.

A number of his published research papers explore diverse subjects in Second Temple Jewish society, including studies on the Herods as a famliy in Rome, the Jewish Patriarch, and the historical conditions of Roman Judaea.

He has lectured widely, delivering papers and seminars in the University of Oxford, Cambridge, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Haifa, Keio University in Tokyo, the Qumran Institute in Groningen, and the University of Amsterdam. 

Current Research Interests

He is currently completing a monographic study of Roman Judaea, and exploring in detail the historical context of aspects of the life of the historical Jesus.


He is the course tutor for the following undergraduate modules:

HIS1002: This Sewer of Romulus
HIS2049: The Roman origins of East and West: from Augustus to Charlemagne
HIS3071: The Rise of Christianity

and his M.A. teaching includes components for:

HIS7025: Presenting sources

HIS7090: Pathways through history


He is an experienced supervisor of postgraduate students at PhD/M.A. level and has overseen diverse projects ranging from the trade-routes between the Roman Mediterranean and India to the cult of Alexander of Abonouteichos and the image of the imperial family in Late Antiquity.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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