Dr Janina Ramirez gained her degree in English literature and language (specializing in Old and Middle English) from St Anne’s College, Oxford. She then completed her post-graduate studies at the renowned Centre for Medieval Studies, York, specialising in medieval art. While in York, she developed her Latin, Old English, palaeography and archaeology skills. She completed a joint-funded cross-disciplinary art/literature PhD on the symbolism of birds, which led to a lectureship in York’s Art History department. This was followed by lecturing posts at Winchester, Warwick, and Oxford.
Janina has been course director for the Undergraduate Certificate and Diploma in History of Art at the University of Oxford for the past ten years and teaches particularly across the medieval components on both courses. She has published peer-reviewed articles, for example in international art history journal Gesta. She has also published books on Power, Passion and Politics: The Private Lives of Saints in Anglo-Saxon England (Penguin, 2014), Julian of Norwich (SPCK, 2018) and Beowulf (Penguin, 2019). Janina has also written a series of children's book set in the Viking period: Riddle of the Runes (OUP, 2018) and Way of the Waves (OUP, 2019). She is currently completing further books on 1066, Goddesses and a major historical study of medieval women entitled Femina.
Janina is also heavily involved in outreach, has an award-winning podcast - 'The Art Detective', and has written and presented over 25 hours of television for the BBC. Documentaries include ‘Treasures of the Anglo-Saxons’, 'Britain's Millennium of Monasteries', 'The Private Lives of Kings', 'Art Lovers' Guide', 'Viking Sagas' and two series of 'Raiders of the Lost Past'. Janina is a patron for a number of organisations including the National Society for Education in the Arts and Design, The Society of Stained Glass and the Thames Strategy Trust. She is dedicated to providing access to quality information and ideas, whether in the classroom with students or via media/social media.
Janina supervises post-graduate students specialising in Art History and Medieval Studies. Please contact her directly if you have a project that intersects with her specialism.