Michael Hill
PhD Candidate
History Department, Rutgers University

E-mail: mhill@inbox.com
Phone: (609) 838-9156



Dissertation and Job Market Status:

I currently hold a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship and I am finalizing my dissertation, "Wales: A Borderland in Medieval Eurasia, c. 1100-c. 1350." I will defend the dissertation by April 2014, if not earlier. I am actively pursuing an assistant professorship or a postdoctoral position during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Education:

PhD student, Rutgers University, 2008-Present
MA, San Diego State University, 2008
BA, University of South Florida, 2003

Academic Biography

I specialize in medieval European history, but my research and teaching interests are much broader. I received a BA in History and International Studies at the University of South Florida in 2003 and it is there that I began considering how to fashion global histories that simultaneously traversed regional boundaries and still provided sufficient analytical depth. At San Diego State and Rutgers, I have had the opportunity to develop a specialization in medieval European history under Professors Mathew Kuefler and James Masschaele, while also acquiring specialist training in the histories of Inner Eurasia, the Islamic world, and northern China under Professors David Christian and Peter Golden.

My dissertation reflects my diverse interests and tutelage and my commitment to placing medieval European history within a wider global construct. The dissertation examines cultural change among ethnic groups in the Anglo-Welsh border region through comparisons with other border regions that experienced significant population movements across high-medieval Europe and Eurasia. This study is the first to examine a border region of the medieval British Isles in a Eurasian context and one of the few to situate a medieval European border region within a global framework. It combines a detailed analysis of Eurasian border regions with a deeply contextualized case study of one particular region. It relies on an extensive bibliography to examine the Eurasian landmass, but it also uses a plethora of primary sources to explicate the complex situations that unfolded in Wales. This approach allows me to utilize theoretical and regional studies from European and non-European specialists alike, which highlight commonalities and differences across Eurasia.

Specializations:

Medieval European History
Inner Eurasia, the Islamic World, and northern China in premodern times
World History, especially the premodern era

For more on my publications, awards, teaching interests, and conference papers, please click on the link to my Curriculum Vitae and see the headers above. Please feel free to contact me by e-mail or phone as well.