Emma Snowden

Emma Snowden

I am a medieval historian specializing in Iberia and North Africa. I’m most interested in how people from different religious, linguistic, and ethnocultural backgrounds interacted with one another. I teach a variety of medieval and premodern courses focusing mostly on connectivity between Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Areas of Expertise

  • Medieval history
  • Mediterranean studies
  • Interfaith relations
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Medieval coloniality
  • Premodern globalities

Courses Taught

  • Intro to Medieval History
  • Women in Ancient and Medieval Europe
  • Protest, Dissent, and Rebellion in the Middle Ages
  • Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle Ages
  • Traveling the Globe in the Premodern World


  • Ph.D., Medieval History, University of Minnesota, 2021
  • M.A., Medieval History, University of Minnesota, 2017
  • B.A., Spanish and History, Wichita State University, 2013

Publications & Articles


  • 2020-21 Mellon-Council for European Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • 2019 Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, American Historical Association

Research Interests

  • My current book project, Resurrecting Iberia and North Africa in Medieval Muslim and Christian Chronicles, examines Arabic, Latin, and Spanish historical chronicles from the 8th through the 14th centuries. I explore the extent to which writers across the Strait of Gibraltar viewed their history as a shared one and wrote within a common historical framework, borrowing from and engaging with each other’s work.