About Us

The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) promotes interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies of the period from Late Antiquity to the mid-seventeenth century in order to better understand cultural, social, religious, and political issues that are rooted in the deep past yet continue to resonate in our contemporary world.

Founded in 1963 as an Organized Research Unit of the University of California, CMRS supports the research and teaching activities of 125 faculty members in twenty-four different academic disciplines offering approximately seventy-five undergraduate and graduate classes each quarter.

The Center offers fellowships, research assistantships, travel grants and other support for both graduate and undergraduate students. We sponsor numerous lectures, seminars, and conferences, and host visiting scholars and other researchers.

Our publications include Viator, internationally recognized as one of the best scholarly journals in the field, Comitatus, one of the oldest graduate student journals, and Cursor Mundi, a series of single-authored books and multi-authored collections conceived as a companion to Viator. A variety of books and monographs are also published each year under the Center’s aegis.

CMRS does not award academic degrees but it provides support for the development of relevant classes, provides funding for up to three undergraduate and graduate CMRS Seminars each year, assists students to identify funding sources and educational opportunities in the field, and consults with faculty and departments on student recruitment strategies and support.