|Title||Assistant Professor of Mediterranean Studies|
|Office||Humanities I, Room 642|
|Office Hours||TuTh 11:35 am-1:30 pm or by appointment|
|Campus Mail Stop||Humanities Academic Services|
|1156 High Street|
Santa Cruz, CA
Biography, Education and Training
I specialize in the cultures, history, and literatures of the medieval and early modern western Mediterranean. My book, Law and the Islamization of Morocco under the Almoravids: the Fatwās of Ibn Rushd al-Jadd to the Far Maghrib, analyzes a group of legal consultative texts between Cordoba and the Far Maghrib (what is today Morocco) and argues that legal institutions developed in the latter in response to the social needs of growing urban spaces and the administrative needs of the first Berber-Islamic empire. I am currently working on a second book-length project on the social and cultural history of the reception of displaced populations in the medieval and early modern western Mediterranean: a history of the refugees of the "reconquista." I also translate modern Arabic literature and have written on modern topics including legal reform in Morocco and Egypt.
I received my PhD in Medieval Studies from Yale in 2009. After a two-year dissertation writing fellowship at Willamette University in, Salem, Oregon, I spent five years teaching in the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations at the American University in Cairo.
- Law and the Islamization of Morocco under the Almoravids: The Fatwās of Ibn Rushd al-Jadd to the Far Maghrib. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
- "Exile, Encounter, and the Articulation of Andalusī Identity in the Maghrib." Medieval Encounters 20 (2014), 341-352
- "The Ransom Industry and the Expectation of Refuge on the Western Mediterranean Muslim–Christian Frontier, 1085–1350". In The Articulation of Power in Medieval Iberia and the Maghrib. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, 217-232.
- “Fragments.” (On María Rosa Menocal’s intellectual contributions to the field). Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies (2013) Vol. 5, No. 2, 129 – 133.
- "Spanning the Strait: Studies in Unity in the Western Mediterranean." Eds. Yuen-Gen Liang, Abigail Krasner Balbale, Andrew Devereux, and Camilo Gómez-Rivas. Medieval Encounters 14 (2013).
- “Qadi Iyad.” In Islamic Legal Thought: A Compendium of Muslim Jurists, edited by Oussama Arabi, David S. Powers, and Susan Spectorsky, Studies in Islamic Law and Society Vol. 36, 323-338. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
- “Las Navas de Tolosa, the Urban Transformation of the Maghrib, and the Territorial Decline of al-Andalus.” Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 4, no. 1 (2012): 27-32.