Following an BA in Classical and Historical Archaeology (2009) from the University of Sheffield (where he received both the Jennifer Derwent Prize in Archaeology and the Emily Willey Prize in Archaeology and Prehistory) and an AHRC-Funded MA in Archaeology from UCL (2010) in which he was awarded to Bryan Clauson prize for Roman Archaeology, William received an AHRC grant to undertake doctoral research at Durham University. His research looks at the burial treatment (including deviant burial practices), grave good provision and evidence for care of impaired individuals in the late Roman period in Britain. This data is placed in the wider sociological background of the Social Model of Disability as a means to examine societal perceptions of ill health and to allow for better differentiations to be made between the archaeological fact of physical impairment in the past and potential ensuing social disability. Within this William is also interested in iconographic depictions and literary sources relating to disability and ill-health across the Roman world.
More widely, William maintains interests in Roman archaeology and art primarily of the western provinces, archaeological theory (esp. in relation to the body and mortuary behaviour), Disability Studies and Anglo-Saxon burial customs.
William is a member of the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference standing committee for 2011-2014.