Stephen Boutwell

Stephen Boutwell

Degree Program: PhD

Advisor: James D. Mixson

Research Areas

  • European History
  • Military and Naval History
  • Religious History



  • MA, The University of Alabama, 2021
  • BA, Samford University, 2018

Research Interests

  • The Crusades and Holy War
  • Byzantium and the Crusades
  • The Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean World
  • Theories and Practices of Empire

Current Projects

  • My current research focuses on crusading ideology and rhetoric in the later medieval and early modern eras..

Recent Publications & Presentations

  •  “Interfaith Relations and Religious Conversion: Shi’ism in William of Tyre’s Historia,” Seventh Annual Medieval and Early Modern Studies Summer Festival, University of Kent in Kent, United Kingdom, Summer 2021 (virtual).
  • “Constantinople and Jerusalem: Imperial Legitimacy in Christendom During the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries,” 13th Annual Northern Illinois University History Graduate Student Association Conference, Spring 2021 (virtual).
  • “Freedom and Vengeance: How Late Period Egypt and the Late Classical Greek City-States Contributed to the Decline and Fall of the Persian Empire,” a work published in Samford University’s 2016-2017 SURJ academic journal and presented at the 2016 SoCon conference at Wofford College.
  • ‘William of Tyre, the Lyon Heracles, and the Question of Byzantium’s Place in Christendom,” a work presented at the 2018 Phi Alpha Theta conference at the University of Montevallo.

Awards & Honors

  • Albert Burton Moore Memorial Award Outstanding Graduate studies in European, Latin American, or Asian History (2023)
  • National Alumni Association Fellowship at the University of Alabama (2019)
  • Stockham Scholarship at Samford University (2017 – 2018)
  • Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society for Religious Studies/Theology, Alpha Iota Epsilon Chapter at Samford University
  • Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society for Historical Studies, Epsilon Rho Chapter at  Samford University