Dr John Ward

BA (Hons), Melbourne University, MA University of Toronto, PhD University of Toronto


Biographical details

Lecturer and tutor in History and Latin 1962-66, Universities of Melbourne and Toronto. Lecturer in History, 1967-1973, Senior Lecturer 1973-2000, Reader in History 2000-2003, University of Sydney.

Held various awards (Commonwealth Government Scholarship, Province of Ontario Scholarship, etc.), research grants and fellowships at universities/institutions/cities in Australia, USA, and Europe.

Delivered papers and lectures and taught at numerous study-days, seminars and workshops, conferences and universities, in Australasia, India, Europe, UK, and North America. Keynote and/or invited speaker on many occasions.

Retired from Department of History, University of Sydney, at the end of 2003; currently Honorary Associate with the Centre for Medieval Studies.

Research Interests

  • Medieval rhetoric and intellectual history; historiography; heresy and the inquisition; witchcraft. Many publications in these fields, as well as a general text on medieval History. Forthcoming : Brill volume on Ciceronian rhetoric in its medieval and Renaissance commentary tradition (written and edited, with Virginia Cox); volume on Abelard in the 1130s (with Juanita Ruys); edition of the commentaries of William of Champeaux on Cicero’s De inventione and the Rhetorica ad Herennium (for Brepols, with Juanita Ruys); article on the De inventione and Ad Herennium for the series Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum Medii Aevi. Etc.