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Eva Haverkamp is particularly interested in the contours of Jewish-Christian relations in medieval Germany. Her first book is an edition of three Hebrew chronicles from the twelfth century about the persecution of Jews in 1096, published by the Monumenta Germaniae Historica (Munich) and the Israel Academy of Sciences (Jerusalem) in July 2005.
In her current book project, “Christians and Jews at the Time of the First Crusade: Contours of Interactions,” she asks whether there was a common culture shared locally by both Christians and Jews in their distinct communities. By taking Latin and Hebrew sources into equal consideration, she contextualizes them within the framework of the local history of the towns and regions where the persecutions of 1096 took place. This allows her to assess the credibility of the accounts as well as their common features as medieval historiography.
Haverkamp studied history and Jewish studies at the University of Cologne, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Universität Konstanz, where she earned her PhD in January 1999 before becoming assistant professor of medieval and Jewish history at Rice University. She received a fellowship from the National Endowment for Humanities and the Solmsen Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was an alternate for the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship of the American Council of Learned Societies for 2005–2006.