Dr. Larry J. Simon
Medieval History, Especially Spain, Italy and the Mediterranean; Islamic and Jewish History
Office: (269) 387-4633
4313 Friedmann Hall
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334
Editor/contributor, Iberia and the Mediterranean World of the Middle Ages: Studies in Honor of Robert I. Burns, S.J. (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1995). Among his dozen articles are those in Friars and Jews in the Middles Ages and Renaissance, ed. McMichael; in Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval and Early Modern Spain, ed. Meyerson; Devil, Heresy, and Witchcraft: Essays in Honor of J.B. Russell, ed. Ferreiro; Medieval Encounters; Journal of Medieval History, Thought, Comitatus. And Recent reviews in Speculum, Journal of Church and State, The Medieval Review, American Historical Review and various other journals Over 40 research presentations at annual meetings of the American Historical Association, International Congress of Medieval Studies, and at international conferences in Barcelona, Genoa, Jerusalem and Palma de Majorca.
Dr. Simon has completed a translation and commentary on the Lay Christian-Jewish Disputation of Majorca (1286), and a monograph on The Muslims and Jews of Crusader Majorca: A Comparative Study. His current projects include a translation and introduction to Ricaldo da Montecroce's Itinerary and a study of Church and Society in Ramon Llull's Majorca.
Dr. Simon has been since 2001 the General Editor of the Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands, book series "The Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World"; and an Editor, along with Hugh Kennedy and Paul Magdalino (St. Andrews), David Abulafia (Cambridge), and Benjamin Arbel (Tel Aviv), of the Brill book series "The Medieval Mediterranean: Peoples, Economies and Cultures, 400-1500." He previously served a five-year stint 1999-2003 as Executive Editor of the journal Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue.
His graduate course rotation includes readings courses on Medieval Women; the Crusades; research seminars on Muslim-Christian-Jewish Relations; Mediterranean Spain and the Catalan Grand Chronicles; and the Mendicants and their World 1200-1500; and Heresy, Inquisition, and Dissent 1100-1700; a sources and bibliography course entitled Research Techniques in Medieval History; and Documentary Latin Paleography 1100-1500. Informal gatherings of his students frequently work on diplomatics and paleography, a 2007-2008 group read all 4 vols. of Setton's Papacy and the Levant; a group 2008-9 is reading all 5 vols. of Goitein's Mediterranean Society: The Jewish Communities of the Arab World as Portrayed in the Cairo Geniza.
His Ph.D. students have won Fulbrights to Spain and Italy; he has directed c. 20 M.A. theses and his M.A. students have gone on to study at London School of Economics, Toronto, UCLA, UCSB, Northwestern, Penn State, Notre Dame, and various other schools. His students have conducted archival and library research in the Vatican, Paris, London; ALicante, Barcelona, Girona, and Madrid; Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Palermo, Parma, and Pisa.