Dr. Meredith L.D. Riedel recently joined the Wheaton College faculty as an assistant professor of history.
Riedel will teach courses in world history. Her research interests include global history, with expertise in the medieval Middle East and Mediterranean world. Her scholarship focuses on the nexus of war, politics and religion, and she specializes in the military and diplomatic interactions between Christendom and Islam. Riedel is particularly interested in pre-Reformation, non-Latin Christian theology.
“Dr. Riedel brings broad expertise related to the interface between the Christian and Islamic worlds,” says Wheaton College Provost Stanton Jones. “Her scholarship will enhance the College’s offerings in the area of world history.”
“I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that Wheaton offers. I have found that one learns in conversation with others, as part of a community marked by intellectual curiosity and mutual respect, and am convinced that Wheaton's community of grace is an ideal place to make my contribution to scholarship,” Riedel says. “History, like life, is full of fascinating ideas and events designed by human beings, and a good historian must understand and appreciate a range of perspectives. The excellence of Wheaton's students and faculty makes teaching here a very attractive and exciting intellectual home,” she adds.
Riedel holds degrees from Wellesley College, Westminster Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Oxford. Before coming to Wheaton, she pursued postdoctoral research at the Oriental Institute in Oxford, investigating Syriac texts from the early Christian era.