Claire Gilbert, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of History


Courses Taught

Graduate Seminar: Empire and Diplomacy in the Early Modern Hispanic World; Graduate Advanced Studies: Mediterranean History and the World; Graduate Advanced Studies: Early Modern Economies and Exchanges: Trust, Credit, and Reputation; Senior Seminar: Religious Conversion in an Age of Empire; Origins of the Modern World to 1500; Origins of the Modern World: 1500 to the Present

Research Interests

  • Late Medieval/Early Modern Spain and the Western Mediterranean
  • Language Contact and Multilingualism between Arabic and Romance languages
  • Social History of Language and the History of Linguistics
  • History of Translation

Publications and Media Placements

  • “The King, the Coin, and the Word,” in Authority and Spectacle in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia: Essays in Honor of Teofilo F. Ruiz, Yuen-Gen Liang and Jarbel Rodríguez (eds), Ashgate, 2017, pp. 33-45.
  • "Transmission, Translation, Legitimacy and Control: The Activities of a Multilingual Scribe in Morisco Granada," in Multilingual and Multigraphic Manuscripts and Documents of East and West, Giuseppe Mandala and Inmaculada Pérez Marin (eds.), (Piscatawy, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2016), 339-376.
  • "The Circulation of Foreign News and the Construction of Imperial Ideals: The Spanish Translators of Ahmad al-Mansur," Memoria y Civilización 18 (2015): 37-70.

Honors and Awards

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship 2017-2018
  • SLU Student Government Association Faculty Excellence Award 2016
  • American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant 2015-2016
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, "Negotiating Identities," Barcelona 2015
  • SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2012-2013
  • Huntington Library Travel Grant for Research in the U.K., 2012
  • Spain-US Program for Cultural Cooperation (PCC) Research Grant, 2011
  • IIE Fulbright Research Grant, Madrid, Spain, 2010-2011
  • Critical Language Scholarship, Arabic, Muscat, Oman, 2010
  • Critical Language Scholarship, Arabic, Amman, Jordan, 2009
  • FLAS Academic Year Fellowship, Arabic, 2008-2009