Antonio M. Zaldívar
Antonio M. Zaldívar
Assistant Professor of History

Office: Markstein 238
Phone: (760) 750-8293
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Hello, my name is Antonio M. Zaldívar.  I earned my Ph.D. from UCLA, where I studied under Teo Ruiz.  In the Fall of 2014, I joined the History Department at CSUSM.  I specialize in the history of the High and Late Middle Ages.  I am currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Language and Power in the Western Mediterranean: Vernacular Writing in the Crown of Aragon’s Royal Chancery.  In the project, I systematically analyze what drove the thirteenth-century kings of the Crown of Aragon to begin writing in their realms’ spoken vernaculars (Catalan and Aragonese), what these motivations reveal about contemporary mentalities and language ideologies, and how codeswitching (shifting from Latin to the romance and back) figured into the crown’s overall governing practices.  I am also interested in medieval literature, early modern Spain, and the Spanish Empire (colonial Latin American history).


Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. History, June 2014


Select Publications:

“James I and the Rise of Codeswitching Diplomacy in Thirteenth-Century Catalonia,” Viator 47:3 (2016).

“Conveying Urgency in the Vernacular.” In Authority and Spectacle in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia: Studies in Honor of Teófilo F. Ruiz (Ashgate: forthcoming).

“A Tribute to Sir John H. Elliot’s Contributions to the Historical Craft,” Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies 38:1 (2014), 207-10.

“Patricians’ Embrace of the Dominican Convent of St. Catherine in Thirteenth-Century Barcelona,” Medieval Encounters 18 (2012), 174-206.

Select Presentations:

“Conveying Urgency in the Vernacular: A Presentation in Honor of Teófilo F. Ruiz.” American Historical Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY. January 2015.

“El desafío en lengua vernácula: la alternancia de códigos en la cancillería aragonesa durante el siglo XIII.” 45th Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. Modena, Italy.  June 2014.

“Codeswitching as an Instrument of Power in the Thirteenth-Century Crown of Aragon.”  American Medieval Academy Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. April 2014.

“A Tribute to Sir John H Elliot’s Contributions to the Historical Craft.” Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies Annual Meeting.  Albuquerque, NM. April 2013. 

“La diglosia como instrumento de poder en la Cancillería Real de la Corona de Aragón bajo medieval.” Sessió de seminari d’història. Departament d’Història Moderna. Universitat de Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain. March 2010.

“Barcelonans’ Patronage of Dominicans and Franciscans in the Thirteenth Century: The Testamentary Evidence.” 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI. May 2009.

Diglossia as an Instrument of Diplomacy in the Royal Chancery of the Late-Medieval Crown of Aragon: The Majorcan Examples.” American Historical Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY. January 2009.

“Religious Piety or Social Distinction? Patricians’ Patronage of the Dominican Convent of Santa Catalina in Thirteenth-Century Barcelona.” Annual Mediterranean Studies Association Conference. Evora, Portugal. May 2007.


Heresy, Reform, and Witchcraft in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, CSUSM, Fall 2015

The Crusades, CSUSM, Spring 2015

World History, CSUSM, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Renaissance and Reformation, CSUSM, Fall 2014

Crisis and Expansion: Europe and the World, 1200-1648, Loyola Marymount University, Spring 2014

Western Traditions to 1500, Loyola Marymount University, Spring 2013

Cuba in the Twentieth Century, UCLA, Spring 2011, Winter 2010  

Heresy and Church Reform in the High and Late Middle Ages, UCLA, Spring 2011, Winter 2010, Winter 2008


Forthcoming