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3rd: Jackson Lears, Seth Koven, Gail Triner, Ann Fabian, Barbara M. Cooper, Temma Kaplan, Melissa Feinberg
Last: Louis Masur, Jamie Pietruska, Mark Wasserman, David Greenberg, Alastair Bellany, Steven Reinert, Deborah Gray White, Norman Markowitz, John W. Chambers, Virginia Yans, Leah DeVun, Camilla Townsend, Sarolta Takacs, Don Roden


Stephen Reinert

Associate Professor of History

Ph.D. in History (Byzantine, western medieval, medieval Balkans), UCLA (1982)

M.A. in Near Eastern Languages & Cultures (Turcology), UCLA (1981)

B.A. in History, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington (1972)

At Rutgers since 1985

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My research focus is comparative Byzantine, Balkan, and Turkic history and culture in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. I am particularly interested in the figures Manuel II Palaiologos and Yildirim I Bayezid, and Christian perceptions of Islam and Muslims.


My current usual offerings are:


  • 510:213 The Crusades
  • 510:255 Dracula: Facts & Fictions
  • Seminars (History, Honors) Medieval Cluny, Christendom & Islam


  • 510:509 The Teaching of History
  • 510:541 Colloquium in Global History


My key articles on late Byzantine and early Ottoman history are published as Late Byzantine and Early Ottoman Studies (Ashgate, 2014). I am also the principal editor of TO ELLENIKON: Studies in Honor of Speros Vryonis, Jr., vol. 1, Hellenic Antiquity and Byzantium, and vol. 2, Byzantinoslavica, Islamica, the Balkans and Modern Greece (Caratzas, 1993). I am the coordinating translator and editor of the English edition of Matei Cazacu’s Dracula (Brill, 2017). I’m currently working on two books: Yildirim I Bayezid: An Early Ottoman Sultan, and Studies on Manuel II Palaiologos.


  • Byzantine Studies Association of North America
  • Turkish Studies Association
  • Medieval Academy of America

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