Department Chair:
Pablo Mitchell

Administrative Assistant:
Kathy King

Department Email:

Phone: 440 775 8520
Fax: 440 775 6910

Rice Hall 316
10 North Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00-4:30

Daniel Wasserman

Daniel Wasserman

Visiting Assistant Professor

Contact Information


Rice 307
(440) 775-8528

Daniel Wasserman

Visiting Professor Daniel Wasserman

Educational Background

  • B.A., University of Chicago, 2006
  • M.A., University of Virginia, 2008
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2012

Danny Wasserman is a historian of the Spanish world during its "Golden Age" (c. 1450-1650), with general teaching interests in the history of Europe, the Mediterranean, and Latin America until about 1800. In 2012-13, he is teaching the following courses at Oberlin:

101 Medieval and Early Modern Europe

299 Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment, c. 1600-1800

399 European Missions in a Global Age, c. 1500-1700

474 Jews, Muslims, and Christians in the Mediterranean, c. 1100-1650

475 Inquisitions: Medieval and Early Modern, c. 1200-1800

His current research examines religious conversion in Spain and Mexico, focusing on the language policies that Spanish officials developed in the wake of the Protestant Reformation, the "Reconquista", and the conquest of America. Governing an empire of multiple cultures and languages, Spanish monarchs and Catholic clerics had to find ways to communicate doctrine to a range of peoples. The project investigates the justifications for using Arabic, Castilian, Latin, and Nahuatl to convey Catholic teachings to common people. Recent publications include the following:

“La mala algarabía: Church, Monarchy, and the Arabic Language in 16th-Century Spain,” Medieval History Journal 14:2 (2011). Co-author with Patricia Giménez-Eguibar.

“Language and Communication in the Spanish Conquest of America,” History Compass 8:6 (2010): 491-502.