Andrew Sorber

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics

Education

  • Ph.D. in History, University of Virginia, 2019
  • M.A. in Medieval History, University of Virginia, 2015
  • M.Phil “with distinction” in Medieval History, University of Cambridge, 2012
  • B.A. in History, Brigham Young University, 2011

The past is a strange place that appears to us as both intimately familiar and excessively foreign. Studying the past helps us understand the world in which we live and the true impact of our decisions and action. I love teaching about the ancient and medieval worlds because I know that a deeper understanding of the languages, literatures, histories, and cultures of these peoples will enrich students’ lives and enable them to make a greater impact on the world around them. That is my goal in all aspects of teaching and advising.


Education


  • Ph.D. in History, University of Virginia, 2019
  • M.A. in Medieval History, University of Virginia, 2015
  • M.Phil “with distinction” in Medieval History, University of Cambridge, 2012
  • B.A. in History, Brigham Young University, 2011

Courses


  • Teaching courses in the Core, including Western Civilization I and Classical Islam; in the Classics Major, including Latin III, Latin IV; in the History Major, including Roman History.

Teaching Positions & Professional Experience


  • Joined the Southern Virginia University faculty in 2019
  • Taught in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Statue University, 2018-2019
  • Visiting Researcher at the Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, Austria, 2017

Scholarship & Creative Work


  • Two forthcoming articles on Paulus Alvarus of Cordoba in Medieval Encounters and in N. Carpentieri, C. Symes (eds.), “The Medieval Mediterranean in Turmoil: Writing the Decline of Islam in Sicily, al-Andalus, and the Maghrib”
  • Presented research at the International Medieval Conference, Leeds, U.K. (2018); at Sicily, al-Andalus and the Maghreb: Writing in Times of Turmoil, Universitat Autònoma Barcelona, Spain (2017); at the 13th Annual Jefferson Fellows Symposium, Charlottesville, Va. (2014); and at Texts and Identities in the Early Middle Ages, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge (2011)

Awards, Leadership & Service


  • Quinn Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia, 2018-2019
  • A. Macdonald Caputo Jefferson Fellowship, Jefferson Scholars Foundation, 2013-2018
  • Research Grant, “Dissecting Cultural Pluralism Lab: Religion and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean, Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures,” 2018
  • Associate Editor – Humanities, “Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture: Ethics and Development,” Issue 4