You are here: Home Faculty Core Faculty Reinert, Stephen

Faculty Photo
Photo Credit: Nick Romanenko
Front row: (L-R) Nancy Sinkoff, Paul Hanebrink, James Delbourgo, Rudy Bell, Paul Israel, Paul G. E. Clemens
2nd: Judith Surkis, Matt Matsuda, Carolyn Brown, Johanna Schoen, Walter Rucker, Marisa Fuentes, Bayo Holsey, Samantha Kelly, Toby C. Jones
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

218 Van Dyck Hall
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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 also am quite engaged with Vlad III Ţepeş (Dracula).  Another more recent research interest in the history and culture of food in medieval Europe and the Mediterranean.


My current usual offerings are:


  • 510:205 History of the Byzantine Empire
  • 510:207 Byzantine Civilization
  • 510:213 The Crusades
  • 510:255 Dracula: Facts & Fictions
  • 510:316 Food & Drink in Medieval Europe


  • 510:509 The Teaching of History


My various 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 working now on a book entitled Manuel II Palaiologos’ Dialogue With A Persian:  Four Studies, and a biography of the early Ottoman sultan Bayezid I (1389-1402).


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

Follow Us

Contact Us

vandyck1111 Van Dyck Hall
16 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

P  (848) 932-7905
F  (732) 932-6763
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.