Camilo Gómez-Rivas

TitleAssistant Professor of Mediterranean Studies
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentLiterature Department
Phone831-459-5223
Email
OfficeHumanities I, Room 642
Office HoursTuTh 11:35 am-1:30 pm or by appointment
Campus Mail StopHumanities Academic Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
95064
Camilo Gómez-Rivas

Biography, Education and Training

I specialize in the cultures, history, and literatures of the medieval and early modern western Mediterranean. My book, Law and the Islamization of Morocco under the Almoravids: the Fatwās of Ibn Rushd al-Jadd to the Far Maghrib, analyzes a group of legal consultative texts between Cordoba and the Far Maghrib (what is today Morocco) and argues that legal institutions developed in the latter in response to the social needs of growing urban spaces and the administrative needs of the first Berber-Islamic empire. I am currently working on a second book-length project on the social and cultural history of the reception of displaced populations in the medieval and early modern western Mediterranean: a history of the refugees of the "reconquista." I also translate modern Arabic literature and have written on modern topics including legal reform in Morocco and Egypt.

I received my PhD in Medieval Studies from Yale in 2009. After a two-year dissertation writing fellowship at Willamette University in, Salem, Oregon, I spent five years teaching in the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations at the American University in Cairo.