Saint Louis University

Claire Gilbert

Claire Gilbert



Assistant Professor



  Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2014
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
B.A., Stanford University, 2004




My research focuses on Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain and the Western Mediterranean. My current project seeks to understand the use and status of the Arabic language in Spain after the conquest of Granada in 1492 through the analysis of the lives and works of Arabic translators working in a variety of fields including diplomacy, law, scholarly texts, and religious materials. I am also very interested in interactions between Europe, North Africa, and the Ottoman Empire, the Social History of Language and the History of Linguistics, the History of Translation and the circulation of ideas and texts.


Scholarly Publications:

"The Circulation of Foreign News and the Construction of Imperial Ideals: The Spanish Translators of Ahmad al-Mansur," Memoria y Civilización 18 (2015): 37-70.

"Transmission, Translation, Legitimacy and Control: The Activities of a Multilingual Scribe in Morisco Granada," in Multilingual and Multigraphic Manuscripts and Documents of East and West, Giuseppe Mandala and Inmaculada Pérez Marin (eds.), (Piscatawy, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2014), 339-376.


Fellowships and Awards:

  • SLU Student Government Association Faculty Excellence Award 2016
  • American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant 2015-2016
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, "Negotiating Identities," Barcelona 2015
  • UCLA Chancellor's Prize Fellowship, 2007-2014
  • SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2012-2013
  • Huntington Library Travel Grant for Research in the U.K., 2012
  • Spain-US Program for Cultural Cooperation (PCC) Research Grant, 2011
  • IIE Fulbright Research Grant, Madrid, Spain, 2010-2011
  • Critical Language Scholarship, Arabic, Muscat, Oman, 2010
  • Critical Language Scholarship, Arabic, Amman, Jordan, 2009
  • FLAS Academic Year Fellowship, Arabic, 2008-2009

Courses Taught:

  • Graduate Seminar: Empire and Diplomacy in the Early Modern Hispanic World
  • Graduate Advanced Studies: Mediterranean History and the World
  • Graduate Advanced Studies: Early Modern Economies and Exchanges: Trust, Credit, and Reputation
  • Senior Seminar: Religious Conversion in an Age of Empire
  • Origins of the Modern World to 1500
  • Origins of the Modern World: 1500 to the Present 


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