Drew Sorber

Field & Specialties

Early Medieval and Late Antique Europe
Religious
Cultural and Intellectual history
Apocalyptic thought

Education

M.A. in History: University of Virginia, 2015 - Thesis: Apocalypse and Martyrdom in ninth-century Cordoba.

M.Phil. in Medieval History: Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, 2012 - Thesis: Carolingian Concepts of Conversion. 

B.A. in History: Brigham Young University, 2011. 

Biography

My current research focuses on the place and function of prophets and prophecy in early medieval Europe, especially its role in the developing modes of political discourse during the long ninth century. 

I have completed comprehensive examinations on Early Medieval European Intellectual history, the history of Rome from its founding to the 5th century AD, and in medieval Islamic history. 

I am currently writing my dissertation, To Avoid Future Peril: Signs, Portents and Prophecy in the Carolingian world c.750-900.

Publications

"Prophetic Resistance to Islam in Ninth-Century Córdoba: Paulus Alvarus and the Indiculus Luminosus," Medieval Encounters (forthcoming).

Current Research

My current research focuses on the place and function of prophets and prophecy within early medieval european intellectual and political history. Specifically, I investigate the functions of the prophetic in the developing modes of political discourse during the long ninth century. 

From January to June 2017, I worked as a guest researcher at the Institute for Medieval Research, a part of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.

I have completed comprehensive examinations on Early Medieval European Intellectual history, the history of Rome from its founding to the 5th century AD, and in medieval Islamic history. 

Awards & Honors

A. Macdonald Caputo Jefferson Fellowship (2013-2018)

Courses Taught

Birth of Europe (Fall 2014; Fall 2015; Fall 2016)

Roman Republic and Empire (Spring 2015)

Anglo-Saxon England (Spring 2016)

Media Appearances