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Matt  King

Matt King

Matt King

Assistant Professor


Office: SOC 215
Phone: 813-974-2807
Email: matthewking1@usf.edu



Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2018


I am thrilled to teach courses on medieval history and the Digital Humanities at USF. In my survey-level classes, I use active-learning pedagogy alongside traditional lectures to show the diversity and the complexity of the medieval world. My seminars on the Digital Humanities, meanwhile, consider the possibilities and problems of conducting historical research during the age of Wikipedia, ArcGIS, and Python.

I am also actively involved in National History Day, an outreach program that allows middle school and high school students to conduct original historical research about topics of their choice. If you have questions about this program or would like to volunteer for it, please do not hesitate to send me an email.


My research focuses on the medieval Mediterranean during the age of the Crusades. My current book project considers the relationship between the Norman kingdom of Sicily and the Zirid emirate of Ifriqiya (modern-day Tunisia) during the twelfth century. For this project, I use Latin and Arabic texts alongside digital resources like the Old World Drought Atlas to show the expansive networks that connected the Normans and Zirids to other polities across the Mediterranean, with a particular eye toward restoring the agency of the often-maligned Zirids.

Recent Publications

“Reframing the Fall of the Zirid Dynasty, 1112-35 CE,” Mediterranean Studies 26.1 (2018): 1-25.

(with Tim Hoogland, Jennifer Hootman, Mary Schoenborn, and Lynn Skupeko) “College Access, Historical Research, and Student Empowerment: The National History Day Partnership in Minnesota,” The History Teacher 52.1 (Nov 2018): 89-118.

“The Sword and the Sun: The Old World Drought Atlas as a Source for Medieval History.” Al-Masaq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean 29.3 (2017): 221-234.

“The Norman Kings of Africa?” The Haskins Society Journal 28 (Oct 2017): 143-166.

“Perceptions of Islam in the Carmen in Victoriam Pisanorum,” Hortulus 11.2 (Spring 2015).