Cordelia studied Fine Art at Newcastle University (1985-1987) and History of Art at Nottingham University (1987-1989). She completed her Ph.D. on 'Female Patronage and Female Spirituality in Italian Art of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries' in 1994 (University of Warwick ).
Before coming to Manchester, Cordelia taught at Queen's University Belfast (1999-2003) and the University of Aberdeen (1995-1996). She has also taught for the Open University (1995) and for the American University of Rome (1998). She has held research awards from the Leverhulme Trust (1996-1998 and 2002-2003), the British School at Rome (1991, 1997-1998, 2011), the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (1993), and St. John's College, Oxford (2003).
Cordelia is currently (September 2017 onwards) Deputy Editor of the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library (http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/journals/bjrl/). She has also served on the committee of the Ecclesiastical History Society, the Editorial Committee of Manchester University Press from 2012-2015 and was Reviews Editor of the journal Art History from 2007-2011.
I am interested in supervising work on late medieval and renaissance Italian art, particularly topics relating to wounds and surgery, sanctity, patronage and dress and would welcome enquiries from anyone wishing to do research in this area.
Completed PhD students:
- Anne Kirkham (2004-7) (AHRC funded) 'Art History and Medieval Art Writing.'
- Anna Piperato (2004-9) (ORS, URS, NAFUM funded) (co-supervised with Professor Adrian Armstrong) 'Saint Catherine of Siena: Hagiography, Iconography, Ideology.'
- Julia Snape (2006-2013) (AHRC funded) (co-supervised with Dr Helen Rees-Leahy) 'The Role of Medieval and Renaissance Art in Nineteenth-Century Institutional Didacticism.'
- Pamela Walker (2007-2013) (AHRC funded), 'Fashioning Death: The Choice and Representation of Female Clothing on English Funeral Monuments, 1250-1450'