Associate Professor of History
Degrees: Ph.D. UCLA
Selected Research: “La lengua como instrumento de diplomacia en la correspondencia entre las cancillerías reales de Aragón y Mallorca, 1341-1349.” In Diplomacia y desarrollo del Estado en la Corona de Aragón (Siglos XIV-XVI). Ed. by Concepción Villanueva Morte. Gijón: Trea, forthcoming; “Emphasizing Urgency in the Romance: An Example of Strategic Codeswitching in the Crown of Aragon's Thirteenth-Century Royal Chancery.” In Authority and Spectacle in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia: Studies in Honor of Teofilo F. Ruiz. Ed. by Yuen-Gen Liang and Jarbel Rodriguez. New York: Routledge, 2017, 73-83; “James I and the Rise of Codeswitching Diplomacy in Thirteenth-Century Catalonia." Viator 47:3 (2016), 189-208; “Patricians’ Embrace of the Dominican Convent of St. Catherine in Thirteenth-Century Barcelona,” Medieval Encounters 18 (2012), 174-206.
Professor Zaldívar 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 Iberian Peninsula during the High and Late Middle Ages. He is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled The Power of Language Choice in the Lands of the Crown of Aragon, 1000-1291.