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Boncho Dragiyski

Assistant Professor of Spanish
McAnulty College and GraduateSchool of Liberal Arts
Modern Languages and Literatures

203C Fisher Hall
Phone: 412-396-6406


2012, Ph. D., Iberian Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
2007, M.A., Iberian Studies, The Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Boncho Dragiyski joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures as Assistant Professor of Spanish in 2013. His research focuses primarily on issues related to the religious beliefs and practices of Western Europe during the High and Late Middle Ages, with a special interest in female religiosity, female hagiography, and cultural communication. He has also researched in the area of Second Language Acquisition and Metacognition.

Academic interests include:

Textualization of holiness
Representation of sin in medieval European literature
Exemplary discourses
Medieval Christian philosophy and theology

Selected Conferences

"Textualization of Holiness: The Writing of María de Ajofrín." 55th MMLA Annual Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2013).

"Telling the ‘Truth': The Making of María de Ajofrín." 53rd MMLA Annual Convention, St. Louis, Missouri (2011).

"Writing (in) the Garden of the Soul." 18th Comparative Literature Symposium at Washington University in Saint Louis (2009).

"Purebred Sin." Workshop on Hybridity in Medieval and Early Modern Spain at Princeton University (2005).

Selected Awards and Honors

Bryant Research Grant, Washington University in Saint Louis (2011)

Fellowship in Digital Humanities, Washington University in Saint Louis (2008)

Excellence in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins University (2005)

Kenan Grant, Johns Hopkins University (2004; 2005)