The University of Notre Dame has announced the passing of Olivia Remie Constable, Director of its Medieval Institute.
“Remie Constable was a brilliant historian, a generous colleague and a very dear friend,” said Margaret Meserve, associate professor of history at Notre Dame. “Her contributions to medieval studies at Notre Dame were countless, but I will remember her best for her love of her students, her wonderful wit and her extraordinary hospitality. She will be greatly missed.”
She taught in the History department at Columbia University for six years after receiving her PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University in 1989; she then moved to the History department at the University of Notre Dame in 1995. She has published Trade and Traders in Muslim Spain: The Commercial Realignment of the Iberian Peninsula 900-1500 (Cambridge University Press, 1994), which won the John Nicholas Brown Prize from the Medieval Academy of America; Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997; second edition 2011); and Housing the Stranger in the Mediterranean World: Lodging, Trade, and Travel in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Cambridge University Press, 2003).
Constable was appointed the Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute in 2009. Click here to read an interview we did with her at time.
Olivia Remie Constable was 53 years old. She is survived by her husband Matthew Bell and sons Owen and Sam.