Nadia Altschul

Nadia Altschul

Assistant Professor

Gilman 490
Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., and by appointment


Nadia R. Altschul holds a PhD, MPhil, and MA in Spanish and Portuguese from Yale University, and a BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Spanish and Latin American literatures and in medieval and modern history of art.

Nadia R. Altschul’s research bridges disciplinary historiography and intellectual history, and currently focuses on postcolonial studies, temporality, and the “Middle Ages” in Latin America.

Her research interests and expertise also include Latin American medieval studies; medieval Spanish disciplinary and intellectual history; philology and editorial theory; receptions of Islamic Iberia; and orientalisms.


Her latest book, Geographies of Philological Knowledge: Postcoloniality and the Transatlantic National Epic (Chicago: Chicago UP, 2012), studies the relationships of empire with disciplinary and intellectual history in the works of the 19th-century criollo Andrés Bello, with particular attention to the historiography of the epic.

She is the co-editor of Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of “The Middle Ages” Outside Europe (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2009) and the author of La literatura, el autor y la crítica textual (Madrid: Pliegos, 2005).

Her essays have appeared in History Compass, Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, La corónica, Neophilologus, Textual Cultures, and Hispanic Issues Online, among other venues.

She has been the managing editor of the Hispanic Issue of MLN (Modern Language Notes) since 2007 and is an executive and founding editor of Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures. Her current book project examines the medieval character attributed to Spanish and Portuguese colonization in the Americas.