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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 (First Class Hons.) from Cambridge University and his PhD in History from Harvard University. His principal area of research is medieval Spanish history; he is Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies. He is also President of the American Association of Research Historians of Medieval Spain (AARHMS).

Teaching Interests

Since arriving at Hofstra in 1998, Professor Doubleday has taught a wide range of courses in medieval and Renaissance history. He has received two NEH grants for teaching and course development, most recently an “Enduring Questions” grant for a project on the history of friendship.

Research Interests

Professor Doubleday’s most recent book, a biography of the Spanish ruler Alfonso X (1252-84), is entitled 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, and which appeared in a revised Spanish translation, Los Lara: Nobleza y monarquía en la España Medieval (Madrid, 2004). He has co-edited three volumes of essays, all concerned with 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 has recently published articles in Rethinking History and the Radical History Review.   

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
HIST 107 (HP) MEDIEVAL EUROPE Undergraduate
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