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Andrew Russo

PhD Candidate, ABD
Advisor: Laura Smoller

Major Fields: Medieval History, History of Islam
Minor Fields: Mediterranean Studies, Social Order and Violence in Medieval Europe

Curriculum Vitae


MA, History, University of Rochester, 2016
MA, History, SUNY Brockport, 2015
BA, Philosophy and History, SUNY Empire State College, 2011

Selected Publications

  • Presentations:
  • "Exile and Nostalgia: Andalusi Identity in the Maghrib" presented at “Mediterranean Migrations” The Mediterranean Seminar 2018 Spring Workshop.
  • “How Are We Supposed to Know One Another? Communal Refashioning in Francisco Nuñez Muley’s Memorandum”, presented at “Passages” Early Modern Iberia Study Group Symposium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, April 2017.
  • “Cartography as Kingmaking: Muslims Scholars in the Norman Court of Sicily” presented at 66th annual New York State Association of European Historian’s Conference. St. John Fischer College, Rochester, NY, October 2015.
  • “The Political Context of Sufism in Sixth/Twelfth Century al-Andalus” presented at Scholar’s Day, SUNY College at Brockport, Brockport, NY. April 2015.
  • Reviews:
  • Autobiography and Letters of a Spanish Nun. ed. Susan Diane Laningham. trans. Jane Tar. Toronto and Tempe: Iter Press and Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2016. InThe Sixteenth Century Journal. (forthcoming)


  • HIS 193 Marco Polo and Other Medieval Adventurers, University of Rochester, Instructor.
  • HIS 192 Al-Andalus: Journeys Through Muslim Spain, University of Rochester, Instructor.
  • HIS 106 Witchcraft and Witch Hunts in Early Modern Europe, University of Rochester, Teaching Assitant
  • HIS 126 Hitler's Germany, 1914-1945, University of Rochester, Teaching Assistant.
  • HST 130 Ancient and Medieval World Survey, SUNY College at Brockport, Teaching Assistant.


  • 2018 Dr. Bruce F. Pauley Research Fellowship, University of Rochester
  • 2017 Harkins Paper Prize, University of Rochester
  • 2017 Newberry Library Summer Fellow - Mellon Institute in Spanish Paleography
  • 2016 Lina and A. William Salomone Prize, University of Rochester
  • 2016 Casa Árabe Seminar, “Al-Andalus: Problems and Perspectives”
  • 2015 George S. Queen Essay Award, SUNY College at Brockport
  • 2015 SUNY Graduate Assistant Fellowship, SUNY College at Brockport
  • 2014 SUNY Graduate Assistant Fellowship, SUNY College at Brockport