Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., M.A., University of Michigan; A.B., Princeton University
Research Interests: Medieval Islamic history, Roma and Roma-affiliated “Gypsies”, Historical Linguistics, Disability
Kristina Richardson (PhD, University of Michigan; AB, Princeton University) is Associate Professor of History at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She also holds affiliate status with the Medieval Studies Certificate Program, MA in Middle Eastern Studies and Middle Eastern American Center at the GC. Her research focuses on non-elites and people on the margins of society, whether that be blue- and green-eyed people, disabled people, ghurabā’ Gypsies, craftspeople, and users of sign language. In her first book, Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), she analyzed mostly unedited late Mamluk and early Ottoman Arabic literary, legal and historical sources about disabilities. Her second monograph Gypsies in the Medieval Islamic World: A History of the Ghurabā’ is under contract with Bloomsbury Publishers. Her third book project is an introduction and Arabic edition of Gotha MS orient. A114, undertaken with Dr. Boris Liebrenz. Entitled "Notebook of the 16th-Century Aleppine Silk-Weaver Kamāl al-Dīn," this work is slated to appear in 2019 in the distinguished Bibliotheca Islamica series of the Orient-Institut-Beirut. This manuscript represents the earliest known Arabic notebook of an artisan or merchant.
Professor Richardson also serves as an editor of Der Islam: Journal of the History and Culture of the Middle East and as board member of several professional organizations and book series.