Dr Alexandra Vukovich

BA, MA, MPhil, PhD


Dr Alexandra Vukovich

College Jobs

  • Joyce Lambert Research Fellow in History 2014-2017

University Jobs

  • Supervisor in Medieval History
  • Supervisor in Slavonic languages


Email: av347@cam.ac.uk

Dr Alexandra Vukovich


Alexandra Vukovich is currently the Joyce Lambert Research Fellow in History at Newnham College. Following her undergraduate studies in Classics and History and Master’s studies in Byzantine Studies in Paris, Alexandra completed her MPhil in Slavonic Studies at Jesus College, Cambridge and was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship for her doctoral research on the ritualisation of political culture in early Rus’.

Research Interests

My current research focuses on the formation of political structures in the post-Roman world, particularly the Slavs and their contacts and exchanges with the Byzantine Empire. Currently, I am interested in examining the influence of Byzantine political models in the shaping and elaboration of the political culture of early Rus’, which will provide us with further information about how medieval cultures emerged, how they were shaped, and what their written and iconographic representations‑along with traces of their built landscape‑can convey about their social and political structures.

My principal publications have focussed on the literature and political culture of the South Slavs, and on the history of early Rus’ and Byzantium.


“Promissory Rituals in Rus’: Heteropraxy and oath-taking ‘by kissing the Cross’” Byzantinoslavica  75.1 (2017) (forthcoming).

“The Enthronement Rituals of the Princes of Vladimir-Suzdal in the 12th and 13th centuries” FORUM University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts 17 (Autumn 2013).

“The Three Epistles of Princess Jelena Balsic, Women as Literary Patrons in Late Medieval Zeta” Wiener Jahrbuch für Kinstgeschichte 60/61 (2011/2012): Article 28, 396-406.

Book Chapters

“Le Prince et son épée dans le Rous’ du Nord à la suite du séjour de Vsévolod Iourevich à Byzance” in Élisabeth Yota (ed.), Byzance et ses voisins (Bern: Peter Lang, 2016), Article 4 (forthcoming).

“Locating the Princely Household in Early Rus’” in Teresa Earenfight (ed.). Themes in European History from 400 to the Present: Elite Households, Brill’s Companions to European History (forthcoming).

“Motherhood as Authority in the ‘Life of Queen Helen’ by Archbishop Daniel II” in Kangas, Sini, Mia Korpiola, and Tuija Ainonen (eds.). Authorities in the Middle Ages. Influence, Legitimacy and Power in Medieval Society, Fundamentals of Medieval and early Modern Culture 12 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co., 2013), 249-269.