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John Mulhall

John Mulhall

Assistant Professor // History

Assistant Professor // Cornerstone

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 6134

Office hours:

  • Spring 2024:
  • On Leave


Phone: (765) 494-4126

2023–2024 Andrew W. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellow at Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute

John Mulhall comes to Purdue from Harvard, where he received his Ph.D. in Byzantine History in December 2022. John received a B.A. in Ancient Greek from the College of William and Mary and received the Lionel Pearson Fellowship which funded his M.St. in Ancient History from Oxford University. From 2018–2020 John was a Tyler Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks. 

John’s research explores the history of science and religion in the medieval Mediterranean, focusing specifically on intellectual interactions among the Islamic, Byzantine, and Latin Christian worlds. John’s first book project, The Republic of Translators: Islam, Byzantium, Latin Europe, and a New Age of Science and Philosophy in the Twelfth Century, examines the cultural upheaval wrought by the medieval translation movement, when hundreds of new scientific and philosophical texts were translated from Greek and Arabic into Latin.

In addition, John works on the history of medicine in the Greek, Arabic, and Latin traditions, and has a particular interest in uniting his textual research with new advances in microbiology, genetics, and archaeoscience. His most recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Late Antiquity, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine and The Washington Post.