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Antonio M. Zaldívar

Antonio M. Zaldívar

Associate Professor of History

Office: Markstein 232

Antonio M. Zaldívar

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 Iberian Peninsula during the High and Late Middle Ages.  I am currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled The Power of Language Choice in the Lands of the Crown of Aragon, 1000-1291.


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

M.A. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. History, April 2005.

B.A. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. History and Political Science, April 2002.


Selected Publications:

“Reconsidering the Shift from Latin to Romance in the Castilian Chancery: A Historiographic Review.” In Iberia: Worlds of Communication and Conflict. Ed. by Thomas Barton, Marie A. Kelleher, and Antonio M. Zaldívar. Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming.

“La lengua como instrumento de diplomacia en la correspondencia entre las cancillerías reales de Aragón y Mallorca, 1341-1349.” In Diplomacia y desarrollo del Estado en la Corona de Aragón (Siglos XIV-XVI). Ed. by Concepción Villanueva Morte. Gijón: Trea, forthcoming.

“Emphasizing Urgency in the Romance: An Example of Strategic Codeswitching in the Crown of Aragon's Thirteenth-Century Royal Chancery.” In Authority and Spectacle in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia: Studies in Honor of Teofilo F. Ruiz. Ed. by Yuen-Gen Liang and Jarbel Rodriguez. New York: Routledge, 2017, 73-83.

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

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


Selected Presentations:

“El auge del castellano como lengua franca en la diplomacia Ibérica durante la baja Edad Media.” Seminari d’Estudis Medievals. Mediacions de Pau i Arbitrates en les Fronteres de la Corona d’Aragó (s. XII-XV): Llenguatge, Utilitat i Simbologia. Institució Milà i Fontanals-CSIC. Departament de Ciències Històriques. Barcelona, Spain. June, 2019.

 “La lengua como instrumento de diplomacia en la correspondencia entre las cancillerías reales de Aragón y Majorca.” Diplomacia y desarrollo del Estado en la Corona de Aragón (siglos XIV-XVI). Universidad de Zaragoza. Zaragoza, Spain. June, 2019.

 “Fernando’s Castilian: From Latin to Romance in the Thirteenth-Century Royal Chancery.” Iberia, the Mediterranean, & the World in the Medieval & Early Modern Periods. Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA. Los Angeles, CA. October, 2018.

“The Language of the Courts in the Thirteenth-Century Kingdom of Valencia.”  International Medieval Meeting Lleida. Lleida, Spain. June, 2017.

“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.

“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.


Medieval Iberia: A Land of Three Religions, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM)

Church Reform, Heresy, and Witchcraft in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, CSUSM

The Crusades, CSUSM

World History to 1500 AD, CSUSM

Renaissance and Reformation Europe, CSUSM

Crisis and Expansion: Europe and the World, 1200-1648, Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

Cuba in the Twentieth Century, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Heresy and Church Reform in the High and Late Middle Ages, UCLA


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