Abigail Agresta

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Abigail Agresta

Assistant Professor

Medieval Europe


801 22nd ST NW Washington DC 20052

Abigail Agresta specializes in medieval European and Mediterranean history, with an emphasis on environmental history, urban history, and history of public health in late medieval Spain. Her first monograph, The Keys to Bread and Wine: Faith, Nature, and Infrastructure in Late Medieval Valencia (Cornell University Press, 2022) investigates how the rulers of a religiously mixed society--the city of Valencia, Spain--understood the relationship between God, human beings, and the natural world. It argues that the city government moved from a fairly technocratic approach to environmental crisis in the late fourteenth century to a primarily religious one by the mid-fifteenth, and that this shift reflected the city's changing relationship with its own Christianity and its crusading past. The book received the European Society for Environmental History's Turku Book Award for best book in environmental history and was a finalist for the American Society for Environmental History's 2023 George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental history. Dr. Agresta has also published peer-reviewed articles in SpeculumJournal of Medieval History, and Viator. Her current book project is tentatively titled The Rise of Quarantine in Late Medieval Spain.

Complete C.V. (PDF)

  • Medieval Europe
  • Medieval Mediterranean
  • Medieval Spain
  • Environmental History
  • History of Public Health
  • Urban History

HIST 2115: The Middle Ages
HIST 2116: Medieval Spain
HIST 2105W: Medieval Cities
HIST 2001: The Black Death and Medieval Medicine
HIST 2001: Environmental History
HIST 1110: European Civilization in its World Context