Burton J. Westermeier
M.A./M.Phil., History, Yale University, 2018
B.A., History and Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
I am a PhD candidate in History at Yale University studying the political, religious, and social history of medieval Europe. My particular interests include the study of bishops and the secular clergy, urban history, and the history of Iberia in the High and Late Middle Ages with an emphasis on the Crown of Castile. My dissertation, entitled “Bishops and Towns in Medieval Castile, c. 1230-1350,” examines how the contentious relationships between prelates and the urban communities over which they ruled as both secular lords and spiritual fathers shaped the social, political, and religious landscapes of Castile between the reigns of Fernando III and Alfonso XI.