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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, Roman Republic, Julius & Augustus Caesar, Sport & Leisure in the Roman world, and occasionally the Carolingian Renaissance.

She held the position of Programme Leader for the Classical Studies programme from its validation in 2014-2019.

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

Areas of expertise

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


Books and edited volumes

Commemoration, Competition and Classical Reception in the Carolingian Court: the Poetry of Ermoldus Nigellus (c. 829). University of Liverpool Press, 2024.

A Writer’s Guide to History: The Romans. University of Manchester Press, 2020.

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,’ in James Robinson, K. Buehler-Williams, and Naomi Speakman, The British Museum Citole: New Perspectives (British Museum Research Publication). London: The British Museum, September 2015, 51-60.

Articles, chapters and book reviews

Book Review: Andrew Kellett. The British Blues Network: Adoption, Emulation, and Creativity. Ann Arbor:University of Michigan Press, 2017. Pp. 263. £22.17 (cloth). Journal of British Studies, Volume TBC. 2017 / 2018

Book Review: Johannes Fried, Charlemagne. Peter Lewis, trans., Harvard University Press, 2016 for Europe Now (November 2017). http://www.europenowjournal.org/2017/11/01/charlemagne-by-johannes-fried/

Book Review: Kari Kallioniemi, Englishness, Pop and Post-War Britain (Bristol: Intellect, 2016) for Popular Music and Society (Routledge) 41.2 (May 2018).

Chapter: ‘‘She is my Eleanor:’ The Character of Isabella of Angouleme in Novels and Film: A Medieval Queen in Modern Media,’ (TBC) Pre-modern Rulers and (Post)modern Viewers: Gender, Sex and Power in Popular Culture. Janice North, Ellie Woodacre, and Karl Alvestad, eds., Palgrave, 2018.

Chapter: ‘‘Rosy, Won’t You Please Come Home:’ Family, Home, and Cultural Identity in the Music of Ray Davies and the Kinks'’ in Mark Donnelly, Lee Brooks and Richard Mills, eds., Mad Dogs and Englishness: Popular Music and English Identity. Bloomsbury Press.  2017. 

Book Review: Timothy D. Taylor, The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. Review for Popular Music and Society, 40.1, February 2017: 113- 115.

Book Review: Tell Tchaikovsky the News: Rock ‘n’ Roll, The Labor Question, and the Musicians Union, 1942-1968, Michael James Roberts (Durham [NC]: Duke University Press, 2014. Review for Rock Music Studies 2.3, October 2015.

Book Review: C. Partridge, Lyre of Orpheus, Review for Rock Music Studies 2.2 May 2015.

Book Review: Death and Dynasty in Early Imperial Rome by J. Bert Lott. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Review for Royal Studies Journal, 1.1 (2015), 51-53.

Book Review: Men of Bronze: Hoplite Warfare in Ancient Greece, Donald Kagan and Gregory F. Viggiano, eds. Review for Classical World, 108.1 (2014): 146-48.

Book Review: The History of Live Music in Britain, Volume I: 1950-1967: From Dance Hall to the 100 Club by Frith, Brennan, Cloonan, and Webster. Review for Popular Music and Society 37.5, December 2014.

Book Review: Vinyl: A History of the Analogue Record, Richard Osborne. Review for Rock Music Studies 1.1, February 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.

'Dulcet Tones: Changing a Gittern into a Citole', British Museum Magazine: The Magazine for the British Museum Friends No 53 (Autumn/Winter 2005): 45.


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