Jarbel Rodriguez

Phone: (415) 338-1560
Email: jarbel@sfsu.edu
Location: Humanities Building Room 265
Office Hours:
Mon: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Wed: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.&a.m.p; by Zoom appointment

I am historian of Medieval Europe, specializing on Muslim/Christian relations in the Crown of Aragon,but my interests extend well beyond this field. I have published articles on religious conversion and diplomacy; contributed to a book on medieval knighthood; and written one book on captivity and co-written a world history textbook focused on how societies interact and influence one another. I have taught classes on a wide range of topics that include the Crusades, the Black Death, Crime and Punishment, Persecution and Magic and the Supernatural. I also have a long-running interest in Medievalism, particularly in modern popular music and have a growing fascination with historical soundscapes. Currently, I am in the process of examining the interfaith soundscape in Medieval Aragon and exploring how religious beliefs helped to shape the aural qualities of cities in the Crown of Aragon.


  • B.A. – University of Miami (FL), 1990-1994
  • M.A. – University of Miami (FL), 1994-1996
  • M.A. – Princeton University, 1996-1998
  • Ph.D. – Princeton University, 1998-2001

Courses Recently Taught


  • Western Civilization to 1500
  • Seminar in Historical Analysis
  • The Early Middle Ages
  • The High Middle Ages
  • The Renaissance
  • Medieval Popular Beliefs
  • Magic and the Supernatural in Medieval Europe
  • Intolerance and Persecution in Medieval Europe
  • The Crusades
  • The Black Death


  • History as a Field of Knowledge
  • The Crusades
  • The Black Death
  • Crime and Punishment in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
  • Interfaith Spain
  • Imagining the Middle Ages
  • Historical Soundscapes

Research Interests

  • Interfaith Relations in Medieval Spain
  • Captivity
  • Medievalism
  • Interfaith Soundscapes

Selected Publications




  • "Financing a Captive's Ransom in Late Medieval Spain" in Medieval Encounters 9 (2003) 162-179
  • “Conversion Anxieties in the Crown of Aragon in the Later Middle Ages” in Al-Masāq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean 22 (2010) 315-324
  • “Captivity and Diplomacy in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon,” in Center and Periphery: Studies on Power in the Medieval World in Honor of William Chester Jordan, ed. Katherine L. Jansen et al. (Brill, 2013)

Selected Awards

  • NEH Summer Seminar, Barcelona, Spain
  • SF State Sabbatical Leave
  • SF State Presidential Award for Professional Development
  • Princeton University Center for Human Values Fellow
  • Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities
  • Fulbright Fellowship in Spain
  • Spanish Ministry of Culture Research Grant


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