Kathleen Neal holds a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Melbourne with Honours in History, and a Master of Studies in Historical Research (Medieval) from Oxford University. Her doctoral thesis in History was undertaken at Monash on letters and letter writing in thirteenth-century English government. She also holds a PhD in Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology from The University of Melbourne.
Kathleen’s research focuses on late medieval English political history, particularly the rhetorical strategies used to negotiate the various relationships that tied the English crown to the wider political community. She is also interested in medieval theories of grammar and rhetoric, social diplomatic, pragmatic literacy, gender, and authorship/authority.
Kathleen chaired the Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America in 2010-11, and served on the Executive Committee of the Australian Early Medieval Association as Reviews Editor in 2007-09.
She is available for media queries on medieval matters, and has spoken on a range of ABC radio programs on topics such as the Bayeux Tapestry, Magna Carta, and the Norman Conquest.