Olivia Remie Constable, professor of history and acting director of the Medieval Institute, has been elected a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America (MAA), which is the largest professional organization in the world devoted to medieval studies. MAA fellows are scholars who have made notable contributions to the field, including research, publication, and teaching in medieval art, archaeology, history, law, literature, music, philosophy, religion, science, social and economic institutions.
“I was quite surprised and honored to be elected as a fellow,” said Constable. “It was something I had hoped for but didn’t expect to happen so soon.”
Constable joins three other faculty members from the University of Notre Dame as MAA fellows: Thomas F. X. Noble, professor of history; John Van Engen, Andrew V. Tackes Professor of History; and Sabine G. MacCormack, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Professor of Arts and Letters.
In her works, Constable focuses on the economic, social, and urban history of the medieval Mediterranean world, especially contacts between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. She served as director of graduate studies in the History Department from 2000 to 2006, and was appointed acting director of the Medieval Institute in 2008. She has published a number of works and is currently writing a new book titled Muslims in Medieval Europe.
Originally published by newsinfo.nd.edu on March 10, 2009.at