Professor • Director of Graduate Study • Director, CU Mediterranean Studies Group
Religious Studies


Ph.D., Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

CAS Speaker Bureau Topic(s)

Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations

Research Interests

Ethno-religious Identity, Mediterranean Studies; Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations; social and economic history

Regional and Thematic Interests

Transnational/Comparative; West Asia/Middle East
History; Religion


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 awarded a Boulder Faculty Association Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Work, and in 2015-16 he held his second NEH Faculty Fellowship. In Spring 2017 he was awarded an Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service from the Boulder Faculty Association.

Selected Publications

• Coming in 1 May 2018: Kingdoms of Faith: A New History of Islamic Spain (New York: Basic; German translation from Beck Verlag; Simplified Chinese translation from Ginkgo, Beijing; published in the UK by Hurst & Co)
• Muslims of Medieval Latin Christendom, c.1050-1614 *winner: 2018 Charles Homer Haskins Medal (Medieval Academy of America); 2014 Albert Hourani Book Prize (Middle East Studies Association)
• Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Faith, Power, and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad *Honorable Mention (European and World History) 2015 American Publishers PROSE Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence
• The Victors & the Vanquished: Christians & Muslims of Catalonia & Aragon (1050-1300) *Winner: 2006 Premio del Rey (AHA); 2005 John E. Fagg Prize (AHA)