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Michelle M Hamilton

Michelle M Hamilton

Spanish and Portuguese Studies 209 Folwell Hall 9 Pleasant Street SE


Michelle M. Hamilton is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where she offers courses on religious studies, Jewish studies, and Spanish literature and culture. She has published widely on multi-confessional Iberia. Recent publications include Beyond Faith: Belief, Morality and Memory in a Fifteenth-Century Judeo-Iberian Manuscript (2014) and In and Of the Mediterranean: Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies (2014). She is currently working on a project examining the intersections of translation, ruins and wonder in the Iberian Arabic and Romance traditions.


  • Cultural Contact in Medieval Iberia
  • Literary Theory and Cultural Studies
  • Hebrew and Arabic cultures of Europe
  • The Medieval Mediterranean and its Legacy
  • Sephardic Traditions
  • Mediterranean Studies
  • Religious Studies & Philosophies

Educational Background

  • PhD: Spanish (& Arabic) Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley, 2001.
  • MA: Hispanic Languages & Literatures, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, 1995.
  • BA: Spanish Language & Literature, University of Texas, Austin, Austin, TX, 1991.


  • Beyond Faith: Belief, Morality and Memory in a Fifteenth-Century Judeo-Iberian Manuscript. Hamilton, Michelle, Brill, Author, 2014. Link Image
  • In and Of the Mediterranean Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies. Hamilton, Michelle, Vanderbilt University Press, Co-Author, 2015. Link Image
  • “Spanish Philology and the Arab Past: A Case Study”: Hamilton, Michelle, Johns Hopkins, Digital Philology: A Journal fo Medieval Cultures, 4.1 1-25, 2015. Link
  • “Sephardic Past in the Digital Future.” : Hamilton, Michelle, Digital Philology: A Journal fo Medieval Cultures, 3.1 101-120, 2014. Link
  • "’Adio kerido.’ In Memorium: Samuel G. Armistead (1927-2013).”: Hamilton, Michelle, La Coro?nica, 42.1 5-23, 2013. Link
  • “Spanish Language and Literature” : Hamilton, Michelle, Springer, Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, 2013. Link
  • “Text and Context: A Judeo-Spanish Version of the “˜Danza de la muerte’“ : Hamilton, Michelle, Eds. Amy Aaronson-Freedman and Gregory Kaplan., Brill, Converso Voices, 161-181., 2012. Link
  • “'Por mí­ se levanta la fuerí§a intelectual': Music in the Visión deleitable" : Hamilton, Michelle, Studi Hispanici , 37 , 2012. Link
  • "Retelling the Future: Don Juan Manuel’s “Exenplo XI“ and the Power of Fiction" : Hamilton, Michelle, Hispanic Issues On Line Special volume "Hispanic Literatures and the Question of a Liberal Education", 8 , (2011). Link
  • “Debating Love: A Fifteenth-century Aljamiado Joc-Partit“. Hamilton, Michelle, Author, 2010. Link
  • “Hispanism and Sephardic Studies“ : Hamilton, Michelle, Taylor & Francis, Journal for Medieval Iberian Studies, 1.2 179-194, 2009. Link
  • “The Musical Book: Judeo-Andalusi Hermeneutics in the Libro de buen amor“. Hamilton, Michelle, Author, 2009. Link
  • Representing Others in Medieval Iberian Literature. Hamilton, Michelle, Palgrave Macmillan , Author, 2007. Link
  • “Rereading the Widow: The Pseudo-Ovidian De Vetula, the Endrina Episode of the Libro de buen amor and Their Possible Judeo-Iberian Models.“: Hamilton, Michelle, Taylor & Francis, Speculum, 82.1 97-119, 2007. Link
  • “The Libro de buen amor: Work of Mudejarismo or Augustinian Autobiography?” : Hamilton, Michelle, eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies, 6 19-33, 2006. Link
  • Wine, Women and Song: Hebrew and Arabic Literature in Medieval Iberia.. Hamilton, Michelle, David Wacks and Sarah Portnoy. , Juan de la Cuesta, Author, 2004. Link
  • La poesí­a de Leonor de Carvajal y la tradición de los criptojudí­os en Nueva España.“ : Hamilton, Michelle, Sefarad , 60:1 75-93, 2000. Link

Professional Activities

  • Affiliate: UC Mediterranean Studies MRP , 2008 - present
  • Research Associate: Institute of Signifying Scriptures, Claremont Graduate University , 2007 - present


  • Maurice Amado Foundation Grant, 2010 - 2010
  • N.E.H. Seminar “The Medieval Mediterranean and the Emergence of the West” Barcelona, 2008 - 2008
  • UC Humanities Research Institute Residential Fellow, 2007 - 2007
  • N. E. H. Seminar “The Libro de buen amor in Cultural Context” , 2003 - 2003
  • Gaspar de Portolá Catalonian Studies Grant , 2002 - 2002
  • Mellon Research Grant, 2000 - 2000
  • Fulbright Research Fellowship to Israel , 1992 - 1993

Courses Taught

  • Hebrew Poetry and Maqamat of Medieval Iberia
  • The Other Middle Ages: Medieval Iberia
  • Literature of the Religious Minorities of Medieval Iberia
  • Al-Andalus: The Example of Medieval Islamic Spain
  • Medieval Iberia: España de las tres culturas (Tricultural Spain)
  • Conquest & Trauma in Iberian Literature and Culture
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