Philip Wood completed his D.Phil with Averil Cameron at St.John's college, Oxford (2007), which was published as We Have No King but Christ. Christian Political Thought in Greater Syria on the eve of the Arab conquests (c. 400-585) (Oxford, 2010). This was followed by a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship at Corpus Christi, Oxford, where he worked on the Chronicle of Seert and the assertion of different forms of identity in Sasanian Iraq (2007-2010). This work was published as The Chronicle of Seert : Christian Historical Imagination in Late Antique Iraq (Oxford, 2013). This fellowship also provided the opportunity for study in Damascus and in the Syrian orthodox patriarchal monastery of Ma’arat Saidnaya, and for extensive travel in the region. In 2010-2012 he was a Fellow of Sidney Sussex college, Cambridge and he is now an Associate Professor at Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisation, based in London, where he coordinates the MA programme in Muslim Cultures.