Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence , Professor of History


Amy G. Remensnyder joined the Brown faculty in 1993, where she is now Professor of History and Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence.  She earned her A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University, studied at Cambridge University and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris, and received her Ph.D. in History from the University of California at Berkeley. Her honors include the Van Courtland Elliott Prize from the Medieval Academy of America, Brown’s Stephen Robert Assistant Professorship, and Brown’s William G. McLoughlin Award for Teaching Excellence. She has held research fellowships from the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, the American Council of Learned Societies, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg of the Ruhr-Universität in Germany, and will be spending the spring of 2018 at the American Academy of Berlin as a Berlin Prize winner. She is the author of two books, one that spans the Atlantic to place medieval Iberia in dialogue with colonial Mexico by exploring the Virgin Mary as a symbol of conquest and conversion (La Conquistadora: The Virgin Mary at War and Peace in the Old and New Worlds, 2014), and another that focuses on high medieval monasteries and collective memory in southern France (Remembering Kings Past: Monastic Foundation Legends in Medieval Southern France, 1995). She is a co-editor of Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice (2011) and is the director of the Brown History Education Prison Project. Her professional service includes terms as a councilor of the Medieval Academy of America and as a member of the editorial boards of Al-Masāq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean and of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies.  

She is currently working on three new projects: 

1. An Island of Interfaith Trust in a Sea at War (a study of the way that medieval and early modern Muslim and Christian sailors and captives made the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa into an interfaith refuge during centuries of warfare between the two faiths)

2. Neighbors: Life in a Medieval Borderland (a microhistory based on archival documents and focusing on the network of social, sexual, cultural, economic, and military relations that, in the fifteenth century, bound the Granadan Muslim town of Vera together with its Christian neighbor immediately across the frontier in Castile, Lorca)   

3. A Global History of Captivity (a synthetic overview of the history of captivity across the world)


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