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Claire Gilbert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of History

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


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

Research Interests

  • Late Medieval/Early Modern Spain and the Western Mediterranean
  • Language Contact and Multilingualism between Arabic and Romance languages
  • Social History of Language and the History of Linguistics
  • History of Translation

Publications and Media Placements

In Good Faith: Arabic Translation and Translators in Early Modern Spain, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.

Peer Reviewed Articles

“Empire of Translation: Multilingual Administrative Dynasties in Habsburg Spain” in Iberian Babel: Multilingualism and Translation in the Medieval and the Early Modern Mediterranean, edited by Núria Silleras-Fernández and Michelle Hamilton, Brill, 2022, pp. 170-194.

"Arabic from the Margins: Hispano-Moroccan Translation between Classical Arabic and Humanist Traditions in Early Modern Spain," in Premodern Translation: Comparative Approaches to Cross-Cultural Transformations, Sonja Brentjes and Alexander Fidora (eds), Turnhout: Brepols, 2021, 133-164.

"Professions of Exchange: Circulating Experts and Artisans between Spanish Habsburg Lands and Saadien Morocco," Pedralbes: Revista d’historia Moderna 40 (2020): 123-141. 

“A Grammar of Conquest: The Spanish and Arabic Reorganization of Granada after 1492,” Past and Present, Volume 239, Issue 1, May 2018, Pages 3–40.

“Juegos de reputación: honra, servicio y traducción en la Monarchía Hispánica,” in Homenaje a Araceli Guillaume-Alonso. La reputation : quête individuelle et aspiration collective dans l'Espagne des Habsbourg, Beatrice Pérez (ed.), Presses de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2018, pp. 475-498.

“Social Contexts, Ideology and Translation,” in The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Culture, Sue-Ann Harding and Ovidi Carbonell-Cortés (eds), 2018, pp. 225-242.

“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.), Gorgias Press, 2018.

“The King, the Coin, and the Word: Imagining and Enacting Castilian Frontiers in Late Medieval Iberia,” in Authority and Spectacle in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia, Gen Liang and Jarbel Rodríguez (eds), Ashgate, 2017, pp. 33-45.

 “The Circulation of Foreign News and the Construction of Imperial Ideals: The Spanish Translators of Aḥmad al-Manṣūr,” Memoria y Civilización 18 (2015): 37-70.

"Gobernar por traducción: la memoria de los traductores estatales en la política árabe de los Austrias," TRANS. Revista de Traductología 25 (2021): 155-176.

Honors and Awards

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship 2017-2018
  • 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
  • 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