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Simon R. Doubleday

Professor of History


PHD, 1996, Harvard University; BA, 1988, Univ Cambridge


Simon Doubleday received his BA in History from Cambridge University and his PhD in History from Harvard University. He is Founding Editor of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies. He has also served as President of the American Association of Research Historians of Medieval Spain (AARHMS). He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship (2020-21) and a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship (2022-23).

Teaching Interests

Since arriving at Hofstra in 1998, Professor Doubleday has taught a range of courses in medieval and early modern history and has served as Chair of the History Department. He has received two National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grants for teaching and course development. He is currently completing a 24-lecture video series for The Great Courses, entitled After the Plague: How Europe Recovered from the Black Death. He has been a doctoral thesis committee member at universities in the US, Spain, and Portugal.

Research Interests

Professor Doubleday’s principal area of research is the history of medieval Iberia. His most recent book is a biography of the Spanish ruler Alfonso X (1252-84), The Wise King: A Christian Prince, Muslim Spain, and the Birth of the Renaissance (Basic Books, 2015). He is also author of The Lara Family: Crown and Nobility in Medieval Spain (Harvard University Press, 2001), for which he was awarded Hofstra's Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement. Professor Doubleday has co-edited three volumes of essays addressing the significance of the past for our understanding of contemporary issues: Border Interrogations: Questioning the Spanish Frontiers (Berghahn Books, 2008); In the Light of Medieval Spain. Islam, the West, and the Relevance of History (Palgrave, 2008); and Why the Middle Ages Matter (Routledge, 2011). He is currently co-editing a volume on medieval Galicia in the reign of Alfonso X for the Consello da Cultura Galega (2021) and a special issue on Galicia for the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, as well as co-authoring a book entitled Christian Spain Before the Crusades: Power and Pragmatism in Eleventh-century Iberia (under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press).

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
HIST 178C SRCRY & WTCH HUNTS: EUR & AMRC Undergraduate
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