Nina Caputo

Office: 216 Keene-Flint Hall
Phone: (352) 273-3379
Fax: (352) 392-6927
Mailing address:
Department of History
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117320
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320

Nina Caputo is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Caputo is a scholar of medieval Jewish history and interfaith relations in medieval Europe. She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, and Florida International University, and has been recipient of a Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Penn Humanities Center; she will be a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies during the 2013-2014 academic year. Caputo’s first book, Nahmanides in Medieval Catalonia: History, Community, Messianism (2007), explores the history of encounters between Jewish and Christian interpretations of history and redemption. She has also co-editied Faithful Narratives: Historians, Religion, and the Challenge of Objectivity (forthcoming, Cornell 2014) with Dr Andrea Sterk. She is currently working on a book that uses Petrus Alfonsi to explore the figure of the convert and conversion in the Christian middle ages and on a short study of medieval commentaries on Genesis 6:1-4 and the motif of the nephiliim. Professor Caputo’s recent courses include “Medieval Jewish History,” “Early Modern Jewish History,” “Holy War”, “The Medieval World” (with Prof. Andrea Sterk), and a variety of graduate seminars. Her graduate students work in medieval Jewish history, medieval Iberian history, and early modern Sephardic culture.