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Antonio Zaldivar

Assistant Professor of History
Medieval Europe

Degrees: Ph.D. UCLA


Selected Research: “Conveying Urgency in the Vernacular.” In Authority and Spectacle in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia: Studies in Honor of Teófilo F. Ruiz (Ashgate: forthcoming); “A Tribute to Sir John H. Elliot’s Contributions to the Historical Craft,” Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies 38:1 (2014), 207-10; “Patricians’ Embrace of the Dominican Convent of St. Catherine in Thirteenth-Century Barcelona,” Medieval Encounters 18 (2012), 174-206.

Professor Zadivar earned his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2014, where he studied under the direction of Teo Ruiz.  In the Fall of 2014, he joined the History Department at CSUSM.  He is a specialist in the High and Late Middle Ages.  His primary interests center on the medieval Crown of Aragon and the western Mediterranean.  He is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Language and Power in the Western Mediterranean: Vernacular Writing in the Crown of Aragon’s Royal Chancery).  In the project, he systematically analyzes what drove the thirteenth-century kings of the Crown of Aragon to begin writing in their realms’ spoken vernaculars (Catalan and Aragonese), what these motivations reveal about contemporary mentalities and language ideologies, and how codeswitching (shifting from Latin to the romance and back) figured into the crown’s overall governing practices.  He is also interested in early modern Spain and Colonial Latin America. 

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