John Landers

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John Maxwell Landers (born 1952) was Principal of Hertford College, Oxford until September 2011.

Landers was educated at Hertford College, Oxford (BA Human Sciences, MA) and Churchill College, Cambridge (PhD, Some problems in the historical demography of London, 1675-1825, approved 13 November 1984). He is now a Doctor of Letters of the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

From 1980 until 1990 Landers was Lecturer in Biological Anthropology at University College London. Since 1991 he has been University Lecturer in Historical Demography at the University of Oxford. He was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford until September 2005, when he was appointed Principal of Hertford College, Oxford. During the academic year 1994/95 he served as Assessor and he has formerly been a member of the Hebdomadal Council and the General Board at Oxford.



  • John Landers, Death and the metropolis: studies in the demographic history of London 1670-1830 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993)
  • John Landers, The field and the forge: population, production, and power in the pre-industrial west (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003)


  • John Landers, ed., Historical epidemiology and the health transition (Canberra: Health Transition Centre, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, 1993)

Joint editor

  • John Landers and Vernon Reynolds, eds, Fertility and resources (Thirty-first Symposium of the Society for the Study of Human Biology, University of Oxford, 1989, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990)

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Walter Bodmer
Principal of Hertford College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Will Hutton