MemberRebecca Seifried

…Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas…

I am a Marie Curie fellow at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas. My research focuses on the interaction between marginal, rural regions and expanding empires in the medieval and post-medieval Eastern Mediterranean, using a combination of archaeological data, archival sources, and remotely-sensed imagery analysis. My current project, “European Frontiers: Rural Spaces and Expanding States,” looks at the local experience of living in imperial frontiers, focusing on case studies from highland Crete and Dalmatia. Results of the study will provide insight into how frontier communities are shaped by the process of state expansion from an economical, social, political, and environmental perspective.

MemberLiran Yadgar

Dr. Liran Yadgar, the UCLA Viterbi Visiting Professor/Postdoctoral Scholar in Mediterranean Jewish Studies, earned his B.A. and M.A. from Tel Aviv University, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2016. His research examines the history of Jewish communities in the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt and Syria (1250-1517), and Jewish-Muslim interaction and intellectual exchange during the Late Middle Islamic Period. He currently is working on his first book about the representations and knowledge of Jews, Judaism, and the Hebrew Bible in the works of two prominent theologians of fourteenth-century Damascus, Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya. Previously Yadgar served as the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Postdoctoral Associate in the Judaic Studies Program of Yale University. Email: homepage: The Viterbi Family Program in Mediterranean Jewish Studies:

MemberNicholas Ealy

I specialize in the medieval literature and culture of Iberia and France and teach courses on literature, literature and psychology, Mediterranean studies, Western humanities, Classical Greece, and the French language. My research is primarily focused on Ovidian narcissism in erotic and spiritual literature from the 12th to the 15th century. Other scholarly interests include psychoanalytic studies and cinema studies.