Associate Professor of Spanish Literature
Heather Bamford studies and teaches the literatures and cultures of medieval and early
modern Iberia with a focus on the intersections between religion, magic, and law in
multiconfessional Iberia and its legacy today. She earned her B.A. in Spanish at the University
of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of
California, Berkeley. Heather is the author of Cultures the Fragment: Uses of the Iberian
Manuscript, 1100–1600 (University of Toronto Press, 2018), winner of the 2020 La corónica
International Book Award for best monograph published in the field of medieval Spain in 2018.
Her current monograph project, under contract with the University of Toronto Press, is titled
Unprinted: Reading and Meaning in Early Modern Iberia. It critiques the fundamental tenets of
book history through the religious, racial, and linguistic complexities of early modern Iberia and
its manuscripts. Heather’s next project centers on the legal code Las siete partidas and
slavery in Spain and the Americas. Heather Bamford has been a member of the MLA
Committee on Scholarly Editions and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the journal
Scholarly Editing. She was a GW Humanities Center fellow for the 2020-21 academic year and
at present is a GW Faculty Senator for the GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.