Leverhulme Prize for Birkbeck academic

Dr Anthony Bale, Reader in Medieval Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, has been awarded a 2011 Philip Leverhulme Prize for...

Dr Anthony Bale

Leverhulme Prize for Birkbeck academic

Dr Anthony Bale, Reader in Medieval Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, has been awarded a 2011 Philip Leverhulme Prize for Modern European Languages and Literatures.

The Philip Leverhulme Prizes are awarded by the Leverhulme Trust in a number of disciplines each year to outstanding young scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their particular field of study at international level. The Prizes have a value of £70,000, awarded over a two to three year period.

Dr Bale's research interests include late medieval English literature, culture and popular religion, the histories and theories of anti-Semitism, and the histories of blood libel and ritual murder.  Following an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of York, Dr Bale gained his Doctorate at Oxford University, and taught at Tel Aviv University and Oxford University before joining Birkbeck in 2003.

"I'm delighted to have been awarded this prestigious prize, and it reflects how supportive Birkbeck is as a place to develop as a researcher," said Dr Bale. "It's a wonderful opportunity, enabling me to take the time to think deeply about my new research, which will explore European ideas of the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. I plan to take some study leave to go to Jerusalem, and work on archives in Israel, England, the US, and France."