Sharonah Fredrick, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of ACMRS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies). ACMRS was established in 1981 by the Arizona Board of Regents as a state-wide research unit. Located centrally on the campus of Arizona State University, ACMRS is charged with coordinating and stimulating the interdisciplinary exploration of Medieval and Renaissance culture. Its activities cover a period roughly from 400 C.E., the fall of the Roman Empire, to 1700 C.E. ACMRS organizes programs at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona State University in the greater Phoenix area, and the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Sharonah Fredrick joined ACMRS as its full-time Assistant Director in May 2014. She earned her doctorate in Hispanic Literature at Stony Brook University and her research focuses on the impact of the Early Modern Period in Latin America and on the effects of the Spanish and Portuguese conquests on the Native American peoples and on Africans in the New World. She is particularly interested in the manifestations of Pre-Columbian religion in epics authored in Latin America in the 16th-18th centuries, and issues of cultural survival and religious syncretism. Sharonah speaks four languages fluently: Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and English, with some Arabic as well. She also enjoys exploring the world of Celtic pre-Christian myth, and the medieval literature of Sephardic Jewish culture, both before and after the 1492 expulsion, in Spain and the New World.
Sharonah has an Ph.D in Latin American Colonial and Indigenous Literature from SUNY Stony Brook, an MA in Renaissance and Medieval History from Tel Aviv University, as well as a BA in Latin American Anthropology from SUNY Buffalo, and a TEFL English Teaching Certificate from the International TEFL Teachers Consortium (ITTO) in Guadalajara, Mexico.