Daniel I. Wasserman-Soler
Graduate Student (ABD)
Advisor: H. C. Erik Midelfort
Email: dwasserman (at) virginia.edu
Fields & SpecialtiesLate Medieval and Early Modern Europe; Mediterranean; Spain and Spanish America
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2012
M.A., University of Virginia, 2008
A.B., University of Chicago, 2006
My general interests and training lie in the pre-modern history of Europe, the Mediterranean, and Latin America.
My research examines religious conversion in 16th-century Spain and Mexico, focusing on language policy. In an empire of multiple cultures and languages, Catholic clerics had to find ways to communicate with a range of peoples. Specifically, I investigate the practical and intellectual justifications for using Arabic, Castilian, Latin, and Nahuatl to convey Catholic doctrine.
"Fray Juan Baptista (O.F.M.) on Language Policies in Colonial Mexico," in M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J., ed., Legacies of the Book: Early Missionary Printing in Asia and the Americas. In press.
“La mala algarabía: Church, Monarchy, and the Arabic Language in 16th-Century Spain,” Medieval History Journal 14:2 (2011). Co-author with Patricia Giménez-Eguibar.
“Language and Communication in the Spanish Conquest of America,” History Compass 8:6 (2010): 491-502.
“True Threat or Victim of Circumstance? Fray Luis de Granada’s Libro de la oración y meditación and the Spanish Inquisition,” Hindsight Journal 2 (2008): 1-26.
Lecturer, Department of History, University of Virginia, August 2010 – December 2010
- Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Mediterranean World, 1100-1650
Teaching Assistant, Department of History, University of Virginia, August 2007 – May 2009
- Western Civilization II: 1600 to the Present, Spring 2009
- Jewish History I: Ancient and Medieval, Autumn 2008
- Roman Republic and Empire, Spring 2008
- Western Civilization I: Antiquity to 1600, Autumn 2007
SELECTED HONORS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Faculty Senate Dissertation-Year Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2011-12
Woodrow Wilson Foundation/Mellon Mays Dissertation-Year Fellowship, 2011-12 (declined)
Newberry Library Short-Term Resident Fellowship for Individual Research, 2010-11
John Carter Brown Library Short-Term Fellowship, 2010-11
J. William Fulbright/IIE Grant (Spain), 2009-10; Grant Extension, 2011
Friends of Princeton University Library Research Grant, 2009-10
Harvard University Atlantic History Seminar Short-Term Grant, 2009-10
American Historical Association Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, 2009-10
Renaissance Society of America Research Grant, 2009-10
UC-Berkeley Bancroft Library Reese Company Fellowship, 2009-10
American Philosophical Society Library Resident Fellowship, 2009-10
Huntington Library/Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography, 2009
Penn State/Mellon Foundation Dissertation Seminar on European Expansion, Catholic Missions, and the Early Modern World, 2009
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship Nominee, University of Virginia, 2009
Spanish Ministry of Culture/Program for Cultural Cooperation Research Grant, 2008
Dissertation Acceleration Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2008
SSRC/Mellon Mays Pre-Doctoral Research Development Grant, 2007
Best Paper Overall, "Innovative Perspectives in History" Conference, Virginia Tech, 2007
Dean’s Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2006-09
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