Patrick Geary

Patrick J. Geary, who first came to the Institute as a Member in the School of Historical Studies in 1990–91, joined the School as a Professor in January 2012. He is a leading historian of the Middle Ages whose research has opened new ways to understand, interpret, and define the medieval past. His work extends over a vast range of topics in medieval history, both chronologically and conceptually―from religiosity to language, ethnicity, social structure, and political organization.

Reflecting on preliminary results obtained from a seven-year HistoGenes project, Patrick J. Geary, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, describes how advances in the field of paleogenom­ics are not only revolutionizing the study of paleolithic hominids but are also allowing scholars to answer questions about much more recent history, previously inaccessible using traditional historical and archae­ological sources.

Patrick Geary is co-PI of the European Research Council funded research project HistoGenes, which uses a combination of genomic, archaeological, anthropological, and historical methods to study over six-thousand burial sites in the Carpathian Basin between the fifth and tenth centuries.