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).

I especially enjoy working with students on independent research projects. Below is a list of senior honors theses that I have supervised:

Jacob Judd, “Conflicting Expectations: Henry II’s Difficult Relationship with his Heirs” (2016)

Steven Smith, “Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People and the Formation of English Identity” (2016)

Katherine Vaillancourt, “Ramon Llull’s the Book of the Gentile: Persuasion as a Path to Peace, c. 1270” (2016)


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:

Folger Shakespeare Library Research Grant (2016)

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

Fulbright IIE Scholar (Spain, 2009-10)

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