New Board Member and President Announced

Dear SNAP Colleagues,


We are delighted to announce that Patricia Grieve, a senior scholar of literary and cultural studies at Columbia, has accepted to join the SNAP Board for a three-year appointment (2018-2021) and that Andrew Devereux, a founding board member of SNAP, has accepted to become the organization’s president, also for a three-year term (2018-2021).


Andrew Devereux, who will be joining the History Department at the University of California, San Diego this fall, has taught medieval and early modern history at Loyola Marymount University since 2012. He most recently edited a special issue for Republics of Letters (2018) entitled Empire and Exceptionalism: The Requerimiento and Claims of Sovereignty in the Early Modern Mediterranean and Atlantic. His book on the Mediterranean context of Spanish imperial ideology is forthcoming with Cornell University Press. Andrew is one of the founding members of SNAP and now longest-serving member of the board. His rare combination of insight, positivity, patience, and enthusiasm should prove extremely valuable to SNAP as it progresses into new waters.


Patricia Grieve is Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. In the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, she teaches medieval Iberian and comparative literature and several courses that engage the Mediterranean. Over the past twenty years, her research has tackled multidisciplinary relationships between Spain, England, North Africa, and the Ottoman Empire. Her publications include Death and Desire in the Spanish Sentimental Romance, 1440-1550, Floire and Blancheflor and the European Romance, and The Eve of Spain: Myths of Origins in the History of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Conflict. Her current book project, Flores y Blancaflor and the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean, delves deeper into the comparative and cross-cultural context. She brings extensive expertise in leading and planning initiatives that bridge disciplines and institutions. Her passion for leading creative cooperative projects aligns closely with SNAP’s mission and promises exciting new directions for the organization.


The nominating committee received a number of applications from talented and extremely accomplished individuals in the field, an indication of the profile which the organization has achieved and the broad interest in the kind of scholarship and cooperation SNAP encourages. It is not easy for the committee or board to limit their choice to one individual in this process. We are very grateful for the interest shown and are confident we can expand our activities to harness some of this enthusiasm and energy.


I would like to thank the nominating committee, Barbara Fuchs, Maribel Fierro, and Mayte Green-Mercado for their service to SNAP.


On behalf of the SNAP Board,