Acting Director, Institute of Byzantine Studies
Senior Tutor

Dion C. Smythe MA PhD FRGS gained an MA in history from the University of St Andrews in 1983. He began research on the topic of social perceptions of Byzantine outsiders with Paul Magdalino at St Andrews. He continued his research work at Vienna and Belfast. He was awarded his PhD on Byzantine perceptions of social outsiders in 1992 by the University of St Andrews. He taught at Queen’s University of Belfast from 1988 to 1993. In October 1993, he joined the Prosopography of the Byzantine Empire Project, based at King’s College, London, and left at the end of January 2001 to take up a lectureship in Byzantine Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast. He has written on barbarians, women, outsiders by social class, Macedonians and the role of the computer in Byzantine research.