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Kate Waggoner

Doctoral Student in History

  • Fields of Study
    • Medieval and Early Modern Studies
    • Europe
    • Intellectual and Cultural History
    • Religon
  • About

    My research interests center on Christian-Muslim relations in the medieval and early modern periods, both in Latin-speaking Christendom and throughout the Mediterranean world. Previously, I have completed research projects that focused on Western Christian portrayals of Muslims through literary works such as polemics and travel narratives. At the University of Michigan, I anticipate taking an intellectual approach to this topic by considering the ways that Europeans understood, misunderstood, and created an identity for Muslims and the religion of Islam. I am also intrigued by socio-cultural aspects of Christian-Muslim relations and the nature of “lived” interactions and relationships.