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DevereuxAndrew Devereux

Assistant Professor

Department of History

Andrew Devereux is a historian of the medieval and early modern Mediterranean. He earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to arriving at UC San Diego, he taught at Loyola Marymount University-Los Angeles for six years. During 2011 – 2012 he was an Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, and in 2015 – 2016 he was a Kluge Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

In his teaching and scholarship, Devereux approaches the history of the Mediterranean from a global perspective, examining the Sea’s connections to the wider world, particularly those forces that brought the region into contact with northern Europe, West Africa and Central Asia, as well as with the maritime systems of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. His first book, forthcoming with Cornell University Press, takes an expansive view of Spanish rationales for empire by analyzing processes of Mediterranean expansion against similar episodes of Spanish expansion in the early 16th century Americas.

His work has been recognized with grants from the Folger Institute, the IIE-Fulbright, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Education. He is a founding member of the Spain-North Africa Project and currently serves as the organization’s president. He is also on the advisory board to the Mediterranean Seminar.

At UC San Diego, Dr. Devereux plans to offer undergraduate and graduate classes on the early modern Mediterranean, on Golden Age Spain, on medieval Spain and on Mediterranean urban spaces, among other offerings. All these courses address the fascinating religious and cultural complexities of the Mediterranean Sea basin.

What excites you most about coming to UC San Diego?

The students and faculty. UC San Diego radiates a certain creative energy. I sensed it the first time I set foot on campus. Students and faculty alike are engaged in fascinating research, and they seem inclined to share their work with the community at large. UC San Diego presents opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, and I am particularly excited to engage with scholars working on early modern and Mediterranean-themed projects in a variety of other departments.

Why did you choose your field of study?

The flip answer is that a semester of language immersion in Granada, Spain, left me no other career choice. The more serious answer is that the pre-modern Mediterranean defies easy conceptualization and resists paradigms. It is endlessly surprising and interesting. I believe that studying the pre-modern Mediterranean is a helpful exercise for thinking about some of the complexities we face in the world today.

What advice do you have for students who choose to major in arts and humanities?

Study what you love, and continue to learn for your whole life. More concretely, pursue a broad liberal arts education. It will spark unexpected passions and hobbies, and it will make you an informed citizen. Learning how to interpret information critically will stand you in good stead no matter what career you choose. The skills of critical thinking and analysis that are honed through a degree in the humanities are highly prized, not to mention more important than ever.

How do you view your role relative to the greater regional community?

There is a deep and often invisible genealogy to the world in which we live. I see my own work on the pre-modern Mediterranean as helping to illuminate some of this, as helping us to perhaps think somewhat differently about the borderlands region of 21st century San Diego/Tijuana. Simultaneously, I expect to be stimulated by the dynamics of the region and to learn a tremendous amount from people who have called this area home for many years.

Tell us something about yourself that is not normally mentioned in your bio.

I love cities, and I am excited to explore San Diego’s many distinctive neighborhoods. I also love the outdoors, and I am eager to take advantage of San Diego’s proximity to both beaches and mountains.