Daniel Wasserman-Soler

At Alma, I teach courses in medieval and early modern European history (from the fall of Rome to the French Revolution), in addition to a survey of world history until about 1600. 

I am currently writing a book on religious conversion in the Spanish Empire. After completing my graduate studies in 2012, I began to study Nahuatl (the lingua franca of the Aztecs).


Assistant Professor



Educational Background

  • Ph.D., History, University of Virginia (2012)
  • M.A., History, University of Virginia (2008)
  • B.A., History, University of Chicago (2006)


Assistant Professor

My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

the history of sixteenth-century Spain and its empire

Recent publications:

La mala algarabía: Church, Monarchy, and the Arabic Language in 16th-Century Spain,” Medieval History Journal 14:2, pp. 229-58. Co-author with Patricia Giménez-Eguibar.

“Language and Communication in the Spanish Conquest of America,” History Compass 8:6, pp. 491-502.

Recent presentations:

“The Languages of the Saints: Multilingualism in the Lives of Spanish American Missionaries,” University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2015

“Converting Muslims in 16th-century Spain: St. Thomas of Villanova and the Bishops of Valencia,” Villanova University, Villanova, PA, 2014

Recent grants:

National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar on Persecution, Tolerance, & Co-existence (Calvin College, 2013)

Fulbright IIE Scholar (Spain, 2009-10)

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