Dr. Kiril Petkov

Kiril PetkovAssociate Professor of History
Kleinpell Fine Arts Rm. 320

Ph.D. - New York University

M. A . - State University of New York (Albany) and Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

B. A. - University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Dr. Petkov was educated in medieval and early modern western and southeastern European and Mediterranean history, history of Byzantinum and the Ottoman Empire in Bulgaria, Hungary and the U. S. He has been awarded several grants for long-and shorter-term research in Germany, France, Belgium and England. His research interests are in areas such as the holy and building of national narratives in pre-modern Mediterranean and southeastern Europe, the cultural history of arrogance, inter-cultural interaction and paleosociology of religion.

Areas of interest

  • Medieval and early modern Europe
  • Premodern Mediterranean
  • Islamic Middle East to 1500

Study tours to Italy


The Voices of Medieval Bulgaria, Seventh to Fourteeth Century: The Records of a Bygone Culture,link Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2008.

The Kiss of Peace: Ritual, Self, and Society in the High and Late Medieval West (Cultures, Beliefs and Traditions Medieval and Early Modern Peoples),link Brill Academic Publishers, 2003.

Infidels, Turks, and Women: The South Slavs in the German Mind, Ca. 1400-1600link, Peter Lang Publishing, 1997