Appalachian’s Department of History faculty member to return to Oxford as Visiting Research Fellow

Dr. Michael J. Turner, the Roy Carroll Distinguished Professor of British History at Appalachian State University, will be spending the academic year 2019-20 at the University of Oxford as a Visiting Research Fellow. He expects to make progress on his next book project, a study of the connections between conservative politics, high churchmanship and aesthetic values in Victorian Britain. Turner read Modern History at Oxford and gained his B.A. in 1987 and his doctorate in 1991.

Visiting Research Fellowships (VRFs) at Oxford provide an opportunity for academics to conduct research, write books or articles, and to participate as part of the university’s community of scholars. Three types of VRF are offered at the University of Oxford: postdoctoral, associate or vacation. Turner will be an associate VRF and his visit will last for one year.

Turner will be conducting research in the Bodleian Library, the principal University library, which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years. The Bodleian Libraries group at the University holds more than 13 million printed items, over 80,000 e-journals and special collections including rare books and manuscripts, classical papyri, maps, music, art and printed ephemera. Members of the public can explore the collections via the Bodleian’s online image portal at

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About the Department of History
The Department of History offers a broad curriculum in local, national, regional and world history at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, which encourages history majors to develop a comprehensive approach to human problems. The study of history is an essential part of a liberal arts education and offers valuable preparation for many careers, such as law, journalism, public history, public service and business, as well as in teaching and the advanced discipline of history. Learn more at

By Ellen Gwin Burnette and Andrew Scott
May 8, 2019

Dr. Michael J. Turner, the Roy Carroll Distinguished Professor of British History at Appalachian State University. Photo submitted.
Published: May 8, 2019 11:51am