Paolo Squatriti

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Faculty Fellow, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies
Associate Professor of Italian

Office Location(s): 2727 Haven Hall / 4403 MLB
Phone: 734.647.4897
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Romance Languages
  • Fields of Study
    • Medieval history
  • About

    Paolo Squatriti studies early medieval European history. Having grown up in that most medieval city, Rome, he moved to the United States and got his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia long ago. His published work has focused on Italy, but he has also taken in Anglo-Saxon England, Denmark, and the Bulgar world in his research on landscape change during the first millennium A.D. His most recent interest is vegetation history, and in particular (this is the focus of his project on weeds at the Eisenberg Institute) how different societies order and categorize plants in alignment with their economic orientations.

    During his tenure at the Institute, he will gather information about the diffusion of weeds in agricultural and pastoral landscapes of early medieval Europe from archaeological sources. He will also trawl through the databases of early medieval literature in search of specific plants deemed “invasive” and/or harmful.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Virginia, 1990