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 https://pastinthepresent.blog/ for samples of my most recent writing on the influence of the past on the present.


  • –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