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Curriculum Vitae

Ryan W. Szpiech

4108 MLB / 812 E. Washington / Ann Arbor, MI, 48109

734.647.2334 / szpiech@umich.edu


2006 Ph.D., Spanish, Yale University

2004 M.Phil., Medieval Studies, Yale University

2002 M.A., Spanish, Yale University

1997 M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

1995 B.A., Rhetoric and Spanish, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Other Programs: Summer Arabic Program, University of Chicago (2000); Arabic Language Institute, American University in Cairo (1998); Intensive French Institute, Université Laval, Québec (1996); Spanish-Catalan Program, University of Barcelona (1992‒93)


2013‒present Associate Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; Frankel Center for Judaic Studies 2007‒13 Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

2006‒07 Assistant Professor, Beloit College, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

1998‒99 Visiting Lecturer, University of Barcelona (Central), Department of English and German Philology.


External 2015 Winner of La Corónica International Book Award for Best Book in Medieval

Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (for Conversion and Narrative:

Reading and Religious Authority in Medieval Polemic).

Grant from the 6th National Research, Development, and Technological 2013‒15 Innovation Plan (VI Plan Nacional de Investigación Científica, Desarrollo e

Innovación Tecnológica, or “Plan National de I+D+i”) (€ 48,000). Project title:

“Legado de Sefarad: La producción material e intellectual del judaísmo sefardí bajomedieval” (FFI2012-38451). PI: Javier del Barco (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas). Shared among five project members.

2012 Mellon Modern Language Initiative Subvention Grant to support publication of Conversion and Narrative: Reading and Religious Authority in Medieval Polemic (paid to University of Pennsylvania Press).

2008‒2012 European Research Council Starting Grant (€ 719,000). Project title: “INTELEG: The Szpiech CV 2/17 Intellectual and Material Legacies of Late Medieval Sephardic Judaism: An Interdisciplinary Approach.” PI: Esperanza Alfonso (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas). Shared among five project members. Full project information available at: http://www.lineas.cchs.csic.es/inteleg/en Internal 2014 Publication Subvention ($2000) to support Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference. Issued by the University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR).

2012 Instructional Development Fund Grant for pedagogy project “Manuscripts to Movies,” for Spanish 373. Issued by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. University of Michigan ($500).

2012 Conference travel funding award, issued by LSA Dean’s office ($526).

2011 Office of the Vice President for Research, Small Grant to Support a Major Conference ($1985) 2011 Mini-Grant, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan ($1500) 2009‒2010 Hunting Family Faculty Fellow, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan.

2009 Nominated for the Emerging Scholars Prize, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan


Books Authored 2013 Conversion and Narrative: Reading and Religious Authority in Medieval Polemic.

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013. [Winner of 2015 La Corónica International Book Award for Best Book in Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.] Books and Journal Issues Edited 2015 Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference: Commentary, Conflict, and Community in the Premodern Mediterranean, edited by Ryan Szpiech. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015.

2014 “A Sea of Stories: Writings and Reflections in Honor of María Rosa Menocal.” Special issue co-edited by Ryan Szpiech and Lourdes Maria Alvarez. La Corónica 43.1 (2014): 93–255.

2011 “Between Gender and Genre in Later-Medieval Sepharad: Love, Sex, and Polemics in Hebrew Writing From Christian Iberia.” Special issue edited by Ryan Szpiech. Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 3.2 (2011): 119‒217.

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Book Reviews, Response Papers, and Necrologies 2015 Review of Art of Estrangement. Redefining Jews in Reconquest Spain, by Pamela A.

Patton (University Park, Penn.: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012).

Revista Hispánica Moderna 68.1 (2015): 105‒7.

2015 Review of Between Christian and Jew: Conversion and Inquisition in the

Crown of Aragon, 1250‒1391, by Paola Tartakoff, Paola (Philadelphia:

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). The Journal of Religion 95.1 (2015): 134-36.

2015 Review of Vicent Ferrer. Quaestio de Unitate Universalis. ‫( מאמר נכבד בכולל‬Maʾamar nikhbad ba-kolel). Latin Text and Medieval Hebrew Version with Catalan and English Translations, edited by Alexander Fidora and Mauro Zonta in collaboration with Josep Batalla and Robert D. Hughes (Santa Coloma de Queralt: Obrador edèndum, 2010). Medievalia et Humanistica n.s.

40 (2015): 159–62.

2013 Review of Infectious Ideas: Contagion in Premodern Islamic and Christian Thought in the Western Mediterranean, by Justin K. Stearns (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011). Reviewed for Speculum 88.2 (2013): 584‒87.

2012 Necrology Essay: “‘The Virtues of Exile’: An Appreciation of María Rosa Menocal, 1953‒2012” [includes full bibliography]. La Corónica 41.1 (2012): 5‒23.

2012 Review of Pluralism in the Middle Ages: Hybrid Identities, Conversion, and Mixed

Marriages in Medieval Iberia, by Ragnhild Johnsrud Zorgati (New York:

Routledge, 2012). The Medieval Review, (12.06.35), 2012.

https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/14558 2012 Response Paper: “Commentary on Christian de Pee: ‘Cycles of Cathay: Sinology, Philology, and Histories of the Song Dynasty (960‒1279) in the United States.’” Fragments: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Ancient and Medieval Pasts 2 (2012): 82‒8.

2011 Review of Augustine and the Jews. A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism, by Paula Fredriksen (New York: Doubleday, 2008; Reissued with a new postscript, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010). AJS Review 35.2 (2011): 419‒21.

2011 Review of The Conversion of Herman the Jew. Autobiography, History, and Fiction in the Twelfth Century, by Jean-Claude Schmitt, translated by Alex J. Novikoff (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010). The Medieval Review (11.02.06), 2011. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/3631.

2008 Review of Medieval Iberia: Changing Societies and Cultures in Contact and

Transition, edited by Ivy A. Corfis and Ray Harris-Northall (Woodbridge:

Tamesis, 2007). Revista de Estudios Hipánicos 42.3 (2008): 591‒2.

Szpiech CV 6/17 2008 Review of From Muslim to Christian Granada. Inventing a City’s Past in Early Modern Spain, by A. Katie Harris (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007). Iberoamericana VIII, 31 (2008): 207‒209.

2008 Review of Framing Iberia: Maqāmāt and Frametale Narratives in Medieval Spain, by David Wacks (Leiden: Brill, 2007). The Medieval Review (08.09.04), (2008). https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/3631.

2007 Review of Bíblia del segle XIV. Èxode, Levític. Transcription by Jaume Riera i Sans.

Critical Apparatus, Notes and Glossary by Pere Casanellas i Bassols (Barcelona:

Publicacions de L’Abadia de Montserrat, 2004). The Medieval Review (07.02.02), (2007). https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/3631.

2005 Review of Judíos y musulmanes de al-Andalus. Contactos intelectuales. Seminario celebrado en la Casa de Velázquez (20–21 de febrero de 1997) (Madrid: Casa de Velázquez, 2002). The Journal of Arabic Literature 36:1 (2005): 103–106.

2004 Review of Miguel [Daniel Leví] de Barrios. Complete Works, vol. 1, edited by Moshe Lazar and F. Javier Pueyo Mena (Lancaster, CA: Labyrinthos, 2002). Hebrew Studies 45 (2004), pp. 101–104.

2004 Review of Mimesis and Empire: The New World, Islam and European Identities, by Barbara Fuchs (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Comparative Literature Studies 41:1 (2004), pp. 176–179.

2002 Review of The Prophet of Islam in Old French. The Romance of Muhammad (1258) and The Book of Muhammad's Ladder (1264), translated by Reginald Hyatte (Leiden: Brill, 1997). The Medieval Review, March 1, 2002 (02.03.01), (2002). https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/3631.


Under Contract

• Advance contract issued for a diplomatic edition of Bibliothèque Ste-Geneviève ms. 1405, Pugio fidei by Ramón Martí (Main editor: Görge Hasselhoff). Publisher: Obrador Edèndum (Santa Coloma de Queralt, Spain) for the series Bibliotheca Philosophorum Medii Aevi Cataloniae (edition of book II in preparation).

• Edition (co-edited with Jorge Ledo and Cándida Ferrero Hernández) of Confutación del alcorán y secta mahometana by Lope de Obregón (Granada, 1555). Publisher: Brill (Leiden) for the series Heterodoxia Iberica.

Under Review • “The Art of Amazement: Wonder and Fictionality in Ramon Llull’s Vita coaetanea (1311).” Book chapter in Rethinking Medieval Literatures: The West c. 1100-1400, ed. Elizabeth Tyler, Jeff Rider, Christian Høgel, and Lars Mortensen. Under review.

• “A Witness of Their Own Nation: On the Influence of Juan Andrés.” Book Chapter in Conversion and Its Intellectual Consequences: Modern Iberia and Beyond, ed. Mercedes García Arenal (under review at Ashgate) • “Ramon Martí's New Testament Citations in Hebrew: A Transcription and Further Observations.” Edition of Hebrew and Latin Gospels texts in Ramon Martí’s Pugio fidei.

Book chapter in volume on Ramon Martí, ed. Görge Hasselhoff and Alexander Fidora.

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• In the Name of the Father: Translation and Anxiety in Medieval Castile, 1252‒1369.

Monograph in progress.


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of European Jewry. Brandeis University. November 12, 2009.

2009 “Abner de Burgos y la llamada ‘filosofía oriental’ de Avicena.”[“Abner of Burgos and the so-called ‘Oriental Philosophy’ of Avicenna.”] Invited Speaker. Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y Oriente Próximo. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid. October 7, 2009.

2007 “Authorizing Apostasy: Polemic as Narrative in Medieval Iberia.” Invited Speaker.

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Duke University. February 22, 2007.

2002 “Jorge’s Dream: Translation and Translatio in Cantiga de Santa María 292.” Invited speaker. Panel on Las Cantigas de Santa María to accompany OnStage Connecticut College concert by the Boston Camerata; Connecticut College.

November 9, 2002.


2015 “From Convert to Convert: On the Medieval Parallels and Predecessors of the Pfefferkorn-Reuchlin Debate.” Paper delivered at “Noviter in lucem data

iudeorum secreta. Johannes Pfefferkorn’s Campaign against the Jews:

Antisemitism and Ethnography in the Sixteenth Century.” Uppsala University, Sweden. February 24–25, 2015.

2014 “From Father to Son: Ways of Reading the Alfonsine Tradition, 1250–1350.” Paper

delivered at the 2014 “Interfaces of Medieval Literature” conference:

International Networks and National Frameworks of Medieval Studies. Fordham University, New York. October 25–26, 2014.

2014 “Polemics and Prisons: Captivity and Inter-Religious Encounter.” Paper delivered at “Polemical Encounters: Polemics between Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Iberia and Beyond.” Corpi project. CCHS-CSIC, Madrid. September 29– October 1, 2014.

2014 “Conversion as a Historiographical Problem.” Paper delivered at “Debating Conversion in Different Historical Contexts.” Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Be'er Sheva, Israel. May 26‒29, 2014.

2014 “Ramon Martí: Hebrew, Latin, Aramaic, Arabic.” Paper delivered as part of roundtable on “Translingual Authors” at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kalamazoo, Michigan. May 8, 2014.

2014 “A Witness of Their Own Nation: On the Influence of Juan Andrés.” Paper delivered as part of a panel on “Conversion and Its Intellectual Consequences” at the 2014 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. New York City. Friday, March 28, 2014.

2013 “Fictions of Selfhood and Belief in Ramon Llull.” Paper delivered at the “2013 Interfaces of Medieval Literature” Conference. Central-European Institute of Philosophy. Prague, Czech Republic. June 21‒22, 2013.

“Hebrew Gospels in Ramon Martí’s Pugio Fidei.” Paper delivered at “12th- and 13thCentury Attempts to Translate Muslim and Jewish Texts Into Latin.” RuhrUniversität Bochum. Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Dynamics in the History of Religions.” Bochum, Germany. March 19‒20, 2013.

2012 “Alfonso of Valladolid’s (d. ca 1347) Imitation and Critique of Petrus Alfonsi’s Szpiech CV 9/17 Dialogus.” Paper delivered at “Petrus Alfonsi und die Religionspolemik.

Hintergrund, Kontexte und Rezeption des Dialogus. Petrus Alfonsi and Religious Polemics. Background, Context, and Reception of His Dialogus.” University of Zürich. Zürich, Switzerland. September 3‒4, 2012.

2012 “Interfaces of Medieval Literature.” Presentation at the “2012 Interfaces of Medieval Literature” Conference. Accademia di Danimarca, Rome, Italy. May 17‒18, 2012.

2012 “Polemical Romance: Abner of Burgos and Romance Bibles.” Paper delivered at “Translating the Bible in the Middle Ages.” Real Colegio Complutense. Harvard University. April 20, 2012.

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