Drew Sorber

Field & Specialties

Early Medieval and Late Antique Europe; Religious, Cultural and Intellectual history; Apocalyptic thought


M.A. in History: University of Virginia, 2015 - Thesis: Apocalypse and Martyrdom in ninth-century Cordoba.

M.Phil. in Medieval History, with distinction: Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, 2012 - Thesis: Carolingian Concepts of Conversion. 

B.A. in History: Brigham Young University, 2011. 

I am currently writing my dissertation, To Avoid Future Peril: Signs, Portents and Prophecy in the Carolingian world ca. 770-840.


“The Indiculus luminosus and the Creation of a Ninth-Century Prophetic Conflict Between Christianity and Islam,” The Medieval Globe (accepted and forthcoming)

“Prophetic Resistance to Islam in Ninth-Century Córdoba: Paulus Alvarus and the Indiculus luminosus,” Medieval Encounters (accepted and forthcoming).

Current Research

My current research focuses on the place and function of prophets and prophecy within early medieval european intellectual and political history. Specifically, I investigate the functions of the prophetic in the developing modes of political discourse during the long ninth century. 

From January to June 2017, I worked as a guest researcher at the Institute for Medieval Research, a part of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.

I have completed comprehensive examinations on Early Medieval European Intellectual history, the history of Rome from its founding to the 5th century AD, and in medieval Islamic history. 

Awards & Honors

A. Macdonald Caputo Jefferson Fellowship (2013-2018)

Courses Taught

Birth of Europe (Fall 2014; Fall 2015; Fall 2016)

Roman Republic and Empire (Spring 2015)

Anglo-Saxon England (Spring 2016)

Nationalism in Europe (Spring 2018)

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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