Professor of Religious Studies


Brian Catlos has been a member of the Religious Studies faculty at CU Boulder since 2010. He is affiliated also with the History Department and the Humanities and Jewish Studies Programs. He directs the University of Colorado Mediterranean Studies Group and is also Co-Director of The Mediterranean Seminar, an international forum for scholarly collaboration for developing research and teaching in the field of Mediterranean Studies, and was Co-Director (PI to July 2012) of the University of California Mediterranean Studies Multi-Campus Research Program, based at the University of California Santa Cruz, until July 2015, when that project concluded. He was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2014, and his book, Muslims of Latin Christendom was awarded the Albert Hourani Book Prize by the Middle East Studies Association, while his Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors was given an honorable mention in the PROSE Awards. The Victors and the Vanquished, his first scholarly book won two prizes from the AHA, and his articles have won the Webb Essay Prize, and the Julian Bishko Prize. In May 2015 he was award an Boulder Faculty Association Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Work, and in 2015-16 he held his second NEH Faculty Fellowship.

Academic Year 2016-17
In the spring, he will teach a new course, ARAB/RLST2320: Early Muslim World. This course looks at the evolution of Islamic society, institutions and religoius thought from the seventth to the thirteenth centuries. It is designated as a Core course for Human Diversity. Undergraduate and graduate students in Religious Studies, History, Humanities, Jewish Studies, or Spanish and Portuguese who are interested in doing independent projects (RLST4840/6840) should contact him directly. Brian will be on sabbatical in fall 2017 and on leave in spring 2018 with a CU College Scholar fellowship.

For more information on courses, see teaching.

News Items
•“Religious nationalism finds a footing in the Middle East”: Saturday, 3 January 2015 The Washington Post
• Muslims of Medieval Latin Chrstendom
awarded MESA's 2014 Albert Hourani Prize
•"Historian adds nuance to Mideast religious history," Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine (June 2014)
•"Muslims of Medieval Latin Christendom," audio interview on New Books in Islamic Studies (July 2014)
•Cambridge UP ninteenfourteen blog.