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Patrick Morgan

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I study the legal history of the Kingdom of Sicily in the twelfth century and its connections to the Mediterranean world.

Field of Study



Legal History of twelfth-century Sicily and southern Italy


My dissertation focuses on the legal culture of the twelfth-century Kingdom of Sicily during the legal revival and in particular, the relationship between royal law and the many legal traditions of Sicily and southern Italy. I am interested in understanding the diverse sources of law that inspired the legislation of the Kings of Sicily, including Lombard, Byzantine, and Islamic law, as well as the relationship between royal legislation and legal practice.


"Tokens of his Rule: The Royal Image on the Coins of Roger II." Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 50 (2019): 21-44.

Grants and Awards

Late Antique, Medieval and Renaissance Consortium Fellowship, 2016-2017

Graduate Research Mentorship, 2019-2020

UCLA CMRS Summer Fellowship, 2020

Conference Presentations

“Tokens of his Rule,” UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Emerging Scholars Conference, 2017.

“Law, Kingship, and the Imperial Past in Sicily and Southern Italy,” Session 712, 2019 International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 2019.

“Legislating Religious Boundaries in the Twelfth-Century Mediterranean,” Session 8, Law and Communal Identity in the Premodern Mediterranean, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2020.


Jessica Goldberg (Chair), 

Teo Ruiz, 

Sharon Gerstel (Art History), 

Luke Yarbrough (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures), 

Alexander Roberts (Classics, USC)


B.A. History - University of California, Berkeley

M.A. History - UCLA