Alison Marie Vacca

I am a historian of the medieval Caucasus and the Islamic world and Assistant Professor in the History department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

I am interested in stories that break down the traditional narrative of the South Caucasus in ethnic terms and so aim to bring the histories of Armenians, Arabs, Albanians, Georgians, and Persians into dialogue. I am particularly interested in the long-standing cultural and political ties between the Caucasus and Iran, the role of medieval women as cultural mediators in ethnically- and religiously-diverse settings, and transmission of historical accounts across linguistic lines.