Kenneth Baxter Wolf
The John Sutton Miner Professor of
Classics and Coordinator of LAMS (Late
551 North College Avenue
Claremont, California, 91711
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- Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1985, History: Medieval
Europe. Dissertation: "Christian Martyrs in Muslim Spain: Eulogius of Cordoba and the Making of a
Martyrs' Movement." Gavin I. Langmuir, Director.
- Master of Arts, Stanford University, 1981,
History: Medieval Europe.
- Bachelor of Arts, Stanford University, 1979, Religious Studies with
Distinction and Departmental Honors.
- Chair of
- Coordinator of LAMS (Late Antique-Medieval Studies, 2012 to
- Joint appointment: History and Classics, 2011 to present.
- Associate Dean of
the College, Pomona College, 2006 to 2009.
- Professor, Pomona College, 2001 to
- Chair, History Department, Pomona College, January 1995 through June
- Associate Professor, Pomona College, 1993 to 2001.
- Assistant Professor, Pomona College, 1986 to 1993 (on leave: 1989-91).
- Visiting Assistant Professor, Pomona
- Lecturer, Western Culture Program, "Conflict and Change" track, Stanford
Honors and Fellowships
- Endowed chair: John Sutton Miner Professor of History,
2006 to the present.
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Project: Medieval Poverty
Saints and the Poor, 2004-05
- Two-year Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton,
- Wig Distinguished Professor, Pomona College (five times: 1988, 1993, 1998, 2004,
- Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, 1983-84.
- Phi Beta Kappa,
- Dofflemyer Scholarship, Stanford University 1975-79.
- The Life and Afterlife of St. Elizabeth of Hungary: Testimony from her Canonization
Hearings, translation and essays, Oxford University Press, 2011.
- The Deeds of Count Roger of Calabria and Sicily and of His Brother Duke Robert Guiscard,
translation and introduction, University of Michigan, 2005.
- The Poverty of Riches: St. Francis Reconsidered, Oxford Studies in Historical Theology,
Oxford University Press, 2003. Paperback edition, 2005.
- Making History: The Normans and their Historians in Eleventh-century Italy, University of
Pennsylvania Press, 1995.
- Conquerors and Chroniclers of Early Medieval Spain, translation and essays, Liverpool
University Press, 1990. Revised edition: 1999.
- Christian Martyrs in Muslim Spain, Cambridge Iberian and Latin American Studies,
Cambridge University Press, 1988. (Web version, LIBRO: Library of Iberian Resources Online, ed.
James W. Brodman, 1999. Japanese edition, tr. K. Hayashi, Tosui Shobou press, Tokyo, 1999.)
- Forthcoming: "Back to the Future: Constantine and the Last Roman Emperor," in The Life and
Legacy of Constantine, ed. Shane Bjornlie (Ashgate).
- "La conquista islamica: Negacionar el negacionismo, Revista de Libros (June 2014); review essay: Alejandro Garcia
Sanjuan, La conquista islamica de la peninsula iberica y la tergiversacion del pasado: del
catastrofismo al negacionismo (Madrid: Marcial Pons, 2013).
- "Counterhistory in the Earliest Latin Lives of Muhammad," Picturing Prophetic Knowledge: The
Prophet Muhammad in Cross-Cultural Literary and Artistic Traditions, ed. Christiane Gruber and
Avinoam Shalem (De Gruyter, 2014)
- "Convivencia and the Ornament of the World," in Convivencia, ed. Connie
Scarborough (Juan de la Cuesta, 2014)
- "Falsifying the Prophet: Muhammad at the Hands of His
Earliest Christian Biographers in the West," in Character Assassination, ed. Martijn Icks &
Eric Shiraev (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
- "Convivencia in Medieval Spain: A Brief History of an Idea," Religion Compass (Blackwell)
- "The Life and Afterlife of San Isidro Labrador," in Church, State, Vellum and Stone: Essays
on Medieval Spain in Honor of John Williams, ed. Julie Harris and Therese Martin, Brill, 2005.
- "Muhammad as Antichrist in Ninth-Century Cordoba," in Mark D. Meyerson and Edward D.
English, eds. Medieval and Early Modern Spain: Interaction and Cultural Change, University of
Notre Dame Press, 1999, pp. 3-19.
- "Crusade and Narrative: Bohemond and the Gesta Francorum," Journal of Medieval History 17
(1991), pp. 207-216.
- "The 'Moors' of West Africa and the Beginnings of the Portuguese Slave
Trade," Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 24 (1994), pp. 449-69.
Views of Islam in Early Medieval Spain," in John Tolan, ed. Medieval Christian Perceptions of
Islam: A Collection of Essays, Garland, 1996, pp. 85-108.
- "The Earliest Latin Lives of Muhammad," in Michael Gervers and Ramzi Jibran Bikhazi, eds.,
Conversion and Continuity: Indigenous Christian Communities in Islamic Lands, Eighth to
Eighteenth Centuries, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, 1990, pp. 89-101.
- "The Earliest Spanish Christian Views of Islam," Church History 55 (1986), pp. 281-293.
an English translation of the Eulogius corpus to be published as part
of "Translated Texts for Historians" series of Liverpool University Press
Public Presentations (videos)
- "Reading Between the Lines in Search of Convivencia, Medieval Academy of
America, Panel in Honor of Thomas Glick, February 26, 2016 (invited by Mark Abate)
Antes y Ahora," Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, May 27, 2015 (invited by José
- "Soft-Pedaling the Polemic: Recovering Alternative Christian
Views of Islam," Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA, April 15, 2013 (invited by Blair
- "Texts in Search of Contexts: The Earliest Latin Lives of Muhammad," Islam and the
Latin West, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 11, 2012 (invited by Jan
- "Falsifying the Prophet: Two Early Latin Lives of Muhammad," Character
Assassination: the Art of Defamation throughout the Ages, an international colloquium hosted by the
Internationales Wissenschaftsforum, Heidelberg, July 21, 2011 (invited by Martijn Icks)
'Contrahistoria' y las vidas más antiguas de Mahoma en España," Centro de Ciencias
Humanas y Sociales, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid (invited by
Therese Martin), June 22, 2011.
- "Memories and Models: St. Elizabeth of Hungary and the
Dicta Quattuor Ancillarum," The Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame (invited
by Olivia R. Constable), January 21, 2010.
- "Counterhistory in the Earliest Latin Lives of
Muhammad," at the conference "Crossing Boundaries, Creating Images: In Search of the Prophet
Muhammad in Literary and Visual Traditions," in Florence, sponsored and hosted by the
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz / Max-Planck-Institut (invited by Christiane Gruber and
Avinoam Shalem), July 2009.
- "Confesiones de un bicho raro," Lección magistral
for the doctoral students of the Faculty of Geography and History, University of Salamanca (invited
by José María Mínguez), May 31-June 1, 2007.
- "Convivencia and
the Ornament of the World, Keynote address, Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) annual
meeting at Woffard College (invited by Timothy Schmitz), October 5,
- "Convivencia in its Historical Context," University of Santa Clara (invited by
Fabio López-Lázara), October 2006.
- "Evangelical Poverty in Female Form: The
Cases of Clare and Elizabeth," Duke University (invited by Caroline Bruselius), Apr 2005. Repeated
with some modification at Pomona College, Blue Room lecture series (Nov 2005).
- "St. Francis
and his Poverty," key-note lecture and seminar, at the Medieval Festival of the University of
Tennessee (invited by Tom Burman), April 1998.
- "The Poverty of Riches: Lessons in the Life
of Francis," University of Pittsburgh (invited by John Williams), February