Alexander Pena received his B.A. in History and English from Williams College, and is currrently a fourth-year doctoral student in the Medieval Studies program. His research interests center broadly on Mediterranean inter-religious cultural and intellectual history, memory studies, and medieval historiography and chronography. He focuses particularly on these themes in the Iberian peninsula and with respect to Christian, Muslim, and Jewish relations in the high Middle Ages. Alex’s dissertation will examine medieval Latin, Arabic, and vernacular chronicles written in Leon and Castile in the 12th and 13th centuries and the transmission, evolution, and reception of historical thought in al-Andalus and the Latin West.