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Michael A. Vargas

Author of two books:Constructing Catalan Identity: Memory, Imagination, and Medieval (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018), and Taming a Brood of Vipers: Conflict and Change in Fourteenth-Century Dominican Convents (Brill, 2011).

See my blog, Making it Medieval at for samples of my most recent writing on the influence of the past on the present.

Recently on the Academic Minute podcast:


  • –present
    Professor of History, State University of New York at New Paltz


  • 2006 
    Fordham University, Ph.D.History


Fulbright senior scholar award, 2013-14; La Coronica Best Book Prize 2011