Mayte Green-Mercado

Mayte Green-Mercado

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315 Conklin Hall
175 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102

Mayte Green-Mercado received a BA in European History from the University of Puerto Rico, and a PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at The University of Chicago, specializing in Islamic Studies. Her research focuses on medieval and early modern Mediterranean history. She teaches courses on Islamic Civilization, Islamic history in Spain and North Africa, and early modern Mediterranean history. Her courses deal with questions of religion, politics, identity, and race and ethnicity in the medieval and early modern periods. She also leads study abroad programs around the Mediterranean.

Her current book project is concerned with histories of displacement, migration, and refugees in the early modern Mediterranean.

She is Campus Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers University-Newark. She is also the Director of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Minor in the History Department.

Courses Taught


History of Islamic Civilization to 1500

Al-Andalus: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Iberia

Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in the Early Modern Mediterranean

Mediterranean Crossings: Refugees, Migration, and Displacements (1492-today)

Malta and the Mediterranean World (Study Abroad Program in Malta)

Western Civilization, I (Changchun, China)


"Moriscos and the Early Modern Mediterranean," Ottoman History Podcast, 11 April 2022.

Book Interview “Let’s Talk Mediterranean Podcast,” The Mediterranean Seminar 28 May 2021.

“Premodern Race and Religion,” Critical Race Conversations, Folger Shakespeare Library, 27 May 2021.

 “Visions of Deliverance,” New Books Network, 26 March 2021.

Research Initiatives


Warren I Susman for Excellence in Teaching, 2022

Research Council, Individual Fulchrum Award, Rutgers University, 2021-22

Rutgers Global, Internationalizing the Curriculum, Rutgers University, 2020-21

Research Council Subvention Grant, Rutgers University

Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States' Universities

Fulbright IIE Research Grant, Spain



Visions of Deliverance. Moriscos and the Politics of Prophecy in the Early Modern Mediterranean (Cornell University Press, December 2019), received the Wadjih F. al-Hamwi Prize for Best First Book in Mediterranean Studies, The Mediterranean Seminar, 2021

Guest Editor Special Issue:

Speaking the End Times: Early Modern Politics from Iberia to Central Asia, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (JESHO) 61 (2018).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

“Prophecy as Diplomacy in the Fifteenth-Century Mediterranean” New Global Studies , no. (2021)

"Speaking the End Times: Early Modern Politics from Iberia to Central Asia: An Introduction," JESHO 61 (2018): 1-17.

"Morisco Prophecies at the French Court (1602-1607)." JESHO 61 (2018): 91-123.

"The Mahdi in Valencia: Messianism, Apocalypticism, and Morisco Rebellions in Late Sixteenth-Century Spain." Medieval Encounters 19 (2013): 193-220.

Peer-Reviewed Chapters:

“The Forced Conversion and the Moriscos.” In Handbook on Muslim Iberia, ed. Maribel Fierro, 552-571, Abingdon-on-Thames: Routledge, 2021. 

“Mediterranean Apocalypticism: An Introduction.” In Handbook of Prophecies and Millenarianism, vol 2, ed. L. Laborie et al. 1-19, Leiden: Brill, 2020,.

"Ethnic Groups in Renaissance Spain." In A Companion to the Spanish Renaissance. Edited by Hilaire Kallendorf, 121-140. Leiden, Brill: 2019.