Anna Gutgarts

Anna Gutgarts

Medieval urban history
Latin East

Medieval history
Social networks
Urban morphology
Historical geography and sociology
Environmental history


Current Projects:

My current project addresses the formation of social cohesion and its reciprocal connection with the urban fabric in the cities of the medieval Mediterranean during the high middle ages. I am especially interested in examining socially heterogeneous urban environments, such as those that were transformed by the migratory movements of medieval settlers’ societies as were the Crusades, or the Norman settlement in Southern Italy and Sicily. The study will draw on a wide variety of sources from different case studies, including property transactions, chronicles, and archaeological evidence in order to reconstruct the intricate correlation between social structures and their spatial manifestations, as well as phenomena of urban growth and decline due to geo-political and climatic circumstances. Drawing on the different approaches to the concept of social cohesion in such fields as economic history, sociology and anthropology, etc., the study will also attempt to produce a new historically sensitive theoretical framework for the use of this concept in the study of medieval urban communities.

Curriculum Vitae 

Fellowships and Grants

  • 2018-2019       Post-doctoral fellow at the Haifa Center for the Study of the History of the Mediterranean.

  • 2017-2018       Thomas Arthur Arnold post-doctoral fellow at the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies in Tel-Aviv University.         

  • 2013-2016       Rotenstreich Scholarship for PhD candidates granted by the Council for Higher Education.

  • 2011-2013       Polonsky Scholarship for PhD students (Hebrew University).

  • 2008-2010       George L. Mosse fellowship (Department of History, Hebrew University).


  • 2018                Hans Wiener Prize for an outstanding dissertation (Hebrew University).

  • 2013                Jacob Talmon Prize for outstanding students (Department of History, Hebrew University).

  • 2012                Ginter prize for scholars of Jerusalem (Hebrew University).



    PhD in the Department of History in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dissertation title: Jerusalem in the 12th century: Systematic Analysis of a Developing Urban Landscape. 


  • 2006-2010
    M.A. magna cum laude, Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • 2008-2009
    University of Wisconsin, Madison: Exchange student as George L. Mosse Fellow.

  • 2003-2006
    B.A. magna cum laude, Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


  • “The Earthly Landscape of the Heavenly City – A New Framework for the Examination of the Urban Development of Frankish Jerusalem”, Al-Masāq 28, no. 3 (2016): 265-81.

Publications for wider audiences:

  • “Pilgrimage and Urban Development in Frankish Jerusalem”, Et-Mol, 259 (2018): 18-20 [In Hebrew].

Selected Presentations

  • 6/2018 - "Municipal mechanisms in a newly formed medieval immigrant urban society: the case of Frankish Jerusalem”. Multi Ethnic Cities in the Mediterranean World. Polytechnic School of Architecture, Genoa.

  • 2/2018 - “Patterns of Land and Property Distribution and the (Re)formulation of Social Cohesion in the Latin Kingdom at the Turn of the 13th Century”. The Latin East in the 13th Century. Haifa University, Israel.

  • 12/2017  - “Jonathan Riley-Smith's Digital Legacy: The Regesta Online, Challenges and Future Directions”. Jonathan Riley-Smith: His Career and Academic Legacy. Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

  • 12/2017 - “Did Rome Decline During the 11th Century?”. The Societal Consequences of Climatic Changes – The Medieval Climate Anomaly. Workshop at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • 5/2017 - "A Transforming Civic Landscape: Social networks, municipal authority, and urban change in Frankish Jerusalem”. 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI.

  • 6/2016 - "De Situ Urbis Ierusalem - Urban development and the formation of Frankish Jerusalem’s hinterland”. Diversity of Crusading. Ninth Quadrennial conference of the SSCLE. University of Southern Denmark, Odense.

  • 7/2014 - "Digital Paleography: New Machines and Old Texts". Seminar held at the Schloss Dagstuhl Leibnitz-Zentrum für Informatik, Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany.

  • 7/2013 - “Urban Landscape in 12th century Jerusalem – Patterns of Development and Municipal Administration”. 3rd Biennial Conference of the Society for the Study of the Mediterranean, Cambridge, UK.