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Carey Fleiner is Senior Lecturer in Classical and Medieval History. She completed a BA with Distinction in History from the University of Delaware, USA, in 1983; she received an MA (1991) and PhD (1996) in History from the University of Virginia. Her areas of concentration in graduate school were Carolingian Europe (main), and subfields of Imperial Rome, Medieval Latin, and Medieval Palaeography. She worked as an Independent Scholar and private tutor until 2004 when she returned to Delaware to earn a Certification in Museum Studies.

After a brief contract in the Dept of Prehistory and Europe at the British Museum in 2005, she joined the Associate in Arts Faculty at the University of Delaware in 2006. She taught Ancient History and Popular Music History at the Associate in Arts Program until 2012; she also worked as an instructor for the same university’s International Teaching Assistant Program, training international graduate students on American culture and pedagogy. Carey joined the History Department at Winchester in autumn 2012.

Teaching responsibilities include modules on the Pax Romana, 5th-century Athens and the Carolingian Renaissance, as well as Programme Leader for the Classical Studies programme.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA)

Areas of expertise

  • Imperial Rome
  • Carolingian Europe
  • 1960s popular music studies


Books and edited volumes

  • Doctor Who and History: critical essays on imaging the past (McFarland & Co, 2017). Co-edited with Dene October.
  • The Kinks: A Thoroughly English Phenomenon. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).
  • Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Eras (co-edited with Elena Woodacre; Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
  • Royal mothers and their ruling children: wielding political authority from Antiquity to the Early Modern Era (co-edited with Elena Woodacre, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
  • ‘Heroes and Villains: The Medieval ‘Guitarist’ and Modern Parallels’; Collected Papers for the Symposium 'The Citole: New Perspectives' (British Museum Press 2014).


  • ‘Surf Rock’ for the revised Grove Dictionary of American Music (OUP) (Oct. 2013).
  • 'The Influence of Family and Childhood Experience on the Works of Ray and Dave Davies' Popular Music and Society 34.3 (July 2011), 329-50.
  • 'History of Rock and Roll Courses: Bridging the Gap Between Reaction and Reality', The Almanack: The Journal of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Vol 17 (2008), 89-102.
  • 'Keeping Time: Lute Strings and 16th Century English Clock Repairs', Galpin Society Journal, April 2006.
  • Alessandro Barbero, Charlemagne: Father of a Continent. University of California Press 2004, Review, Canadian Journal of History, December 2005.
  • 'Dulcet Tones: Changing a Gittern into a Citole', British Museum Magazine: The Magazine for the British Museum Friends No 53 (Autumn/Winter 2005): 45.


  • Contributions to the EMI Group Archive Trust: Contributing writer to the Trust’s blog Sound of the Hound under the direction of David Holley.

In preparation

  • Under contract with Manchester University Press, A Writer's Guide to History...the Roman Empire (tentative publication date late 2017/early 2018).
  • Under consideration, a chapter titled 'Rosy, won’t you please come home: family, home, and cultural identity in the music of Ray Davies and the Kinks' for a collection of essays with the working title Mad Dogs and Englishness: Popular Music and English Identities edited by Mark Donnelly et al. (project under review with Bloomsbury Press).
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