Aleks is a Senior Lecturer in medieval archaeology at the University of York. Her research focuses on the spatial and chronological patterns of parish church construction and monumental commemoration in the medieval period, particularly in the Anglo-Scandinavian and Anglo-Norman periods in northern England. She is particularly interested in exploring the role of ecclesiastical patronage in the construction and maintenance of elite identity. Recent projects include Cross Slabs in Northern England, 1000-1600 and Archaeologies of the Norman Conquest.
While her studies have fostered a particular fondness for Romanesque parish churches and the very under-appreciated cross slab grave cover, she long ago decided that any church is a good church.