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Hatfield College

Research at Hatfield

Hatfield College is a lively scholarly community. Three of its College Officers are research-active:


Professor Ann MacLarnon, Master of Hatfield from September 2017, is Professor of Anthropology, specialising in aspects of primate biology and palaeoanthropology, including environmental, stress and reproductive adaptations of primates, and the evolution of speech.


The Vice-Master and Senior Tutor is Anthony Bash. He is an honorary professor in the Department of Theology and Religion. His research interests are in the New Testament, and on forgiveness and remorse in particular. See here for further details.



Dr. Ellen Crabtree is the Assistant Senior Tutor. Her research interests lie in the history of modern and contemporary France, in particular academic activism, gender and political engagement. See here for more information about her academic work.


The College's Senior Research Fellows and Junior Research Fellows contribute to the scholarly life of the College.

Hatfield supports a lively programme of scholarly activities. We host the Centre for Poetry and Poetics with the Department of English Studies, and the Forum on Forgiveness and Reconciliation with the Department of Theology and Religion. We also host scholarly events throughout the academic year. See here for current details.


Thomas Hatfield: Bishop, Soldier, and Politician

In 2010 Hatfield College hosted a series of lectures on the life of Thomas Hatfield. 2010 was the 700th anniversary of Thomas Hatfield's birth. The lectures were held jointly with the College, the History Department and the Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The lectures have now been published in a paperback book, edited by Dr. Anthony Bash.

The book is called 'Thomas Hatfield: Bishop, Soldier, and Politician'. There are essays by Professors Richard Britnell, Michael Prestwich, Mark Ormrod and Dr. Christian Liddy. There are appendices by Dr. David Boardman and the Rt Rev Professor N.T. Wright.

Copies of the book can be ordered from the Hatfield Trust Office (£15 per copy, plus £2 for postage and packing). Copies are also available from College Reception.


Forgiveness: A Theology

In May 2015, Cascade published Anthony Bash's Forgiveness: A Theology in the "Cascade Companions" series. The book explores forgiveness from a theological perspective, with a careful analysis of all the biblical texts on the topic and by engaging with the latest research by philosophers, psychologists, lawyers, and political scientists. The book aims to be accessible to the specialist and non-specialist alike.

Copies of the book cost £13.00, and are available from bookstores and from online booksellers.