Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten
Sophia Schmitt is a research associate in the department of Jewish studies at Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), Germany, where she teaches courses on premodern Jewish history and rabbinic literature. She also coordinates the ERC Project “MAJLIS”. A scholar of medieval Jewish history, she studies the social, legal, cultural, and economic relations between Jews and Christians in medieval northern Europe, with a special interest the history of violence, legal history and social spaces. Schmitt received her PhD in Medieval History from LMU, where her dissertation showed how Jews in the southern German Empire benefited from local and supra-regional networks in their defence against anti-Jewish violence in the fifteenth century, incorporating both archival documents in German and Latin as well as Hebrew source material.