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Nancy Bisaha

Professor of History and Director of Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Nancy Bisaha was born and raised in central New Jersey. She received her BA from Rutgers College in 1990 and her PhD from Cornell University in 1997, where she worked under the direction of John Najemy. In 2004 Bisaha published Creating East and West: Renaissance Humanists and the Ottoman Turks (UPenn Press), which examines the ways in which humanists created an intellectual discourse depicting the Ottoman Turks as a cultural and religious other. She recently published a translation of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini’s De Europa in collaboration with Robert Brown. Bisaha is currently working on an intellectual biography of Pope Pius II and an article exploring the early roots of human rights theory.

In addition to teaching survey courses on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Bisaha teaches such courses as “The Dark Ages c. 400-900,” “The Crusades,” and “Constantinople/ Istanbul: 1453.” Bisaha is currently Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program.