Douglas Kierdorf

  • Adjunct Lecturer, History
  • PhD. Boston University
  • MA University College London
  • BA Wayne State University

Teaching Interests

Medieval Europe with an emphasis on Spain and the West; Ireland; The Renaissance and Reformation; The French Revolution and Napoleon.

Research Interests

I am fascinated by the development of Western social and economic structures, institutions and values and in the emergence of the modern mentality during the late middle ages and early modern period. I concentrate on the late medieval Crown of Aragon.

Professional Memberships

  • American Historical Association Present
  • Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies Present
  • Publications

    Book Chapters


  • Kierdorf, D. (2019). "The Mustassaf of Castelló de la Plana" In , (Eds.) Convivencia and Medieval Spain: Essays in Honor of Thomas F. Glick.
  • Kierdorf, D. (2003). "The main motive for attacks on Jews during the Crusades was economic in nature." In Mark Abate, (Eds.) History in Dispute: Vol. 10: The Crusades, 1095-1291. 14-17. Farmington Hills, Michigan: St. James Press
  • Kierdorf, D. (2003). “The Children’s and Shepherds’ Crusades were expressions of class conflict fueled by the military failures of the European warrior aristocracy." In Mark Abate, (Eds.) History in Dispute: vol. 10: The Crusades, 1095-1291. 33-35. Farmington Hills, Michigan: St. James Press

  • Book Reviews


  • Kierdorf, D. (2015). [Review of the book The woods of Ireland: a history, 700-1800 ]. Choice. Vol. 52, No. 10Middletown, Connecticut:
  • Kierdorf, D. (2014). [Review of the book Ireland in the medieval world, AD400-1000: landscape, kingship and religion ]. Choice Magazine.
  • Kierdorf, D. (2014). [Review of the book Heretics and heroes: how Renaissance artists and Reformation priests created our world ]. Choice Magazine. 51
  • Kierdorf, D. (2014). [Review of the book A Short History of the Italian Renaissance ]. Choice Magazine.
  • Kierdorf, D. (2014). [Review of the book Ireland Through European Eyes:Western Europe, the EEC and Ireland, 1945-1973 ]. Choice Magazine.
  • Kierdorf, D. (2013). [Review of the book Between Christian and Jew: Conversion and Inquisition in the Crown of Aragon, 1250-1391 ]. Medieval Encounters. Leiden:
  • Kierdorf, D. (2012). [Review of the book Caliphs and kings: Spain, 796-1031 ]. Choice Magazine.

  • Presentations

  • Kierdorf, D. (2013). “"Public health initiatives of a town in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon: Castello de la Plana"” Presented at the Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Kierdorf, D. (1998). ““Regional politics and power distribution in post-reconquista Valencia: The Serpis watershed.” ” Presented at the Dowling College Medterranean XX Conference. Valencia, Spain