David Perry

Catholic Studies
Office & Location:
Lewis Annex 229C
Office Phone:
(708) 524-6052

Job Title

Associate Professor - History; Director Catholic Studies Minor; Director URSCI


David Perry has been an assistant professor of history at Dominican University since the fall of 2007. He is a specialist in medieval Mediterranean history, with a particular focus on Venice and the Crusades. Both his teaching and his scholarship examine cross-cultural contact and conflict in the medieval and early modern Mediterranean world. At Dominican, his classes focus on cultural exchange and production, medieval religion in all its permutations, economic activity, and daily life. He is also an active participant in the seminar program.

His dissertation (University of Minnesota, 2006) is entitled Mirabilia in mari veniendo: Venice, Stolen Relics, and the Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade. He is currently working on several articles and a book concerning the relics of the Fourth Crusade (1204). He has just had an article published, "The Translatio Symonensis and the 7 thieves: a Venetian Fourth Crusade Furta Sacra narrative and the looting of Constantinople," in The Fourth Crusade: Event, Aftermath, and Perceptions, ed. Thomas Madden (Asghate, 2008).

Before coming to Dominican, he was a visiting professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN (2006-2007) and a visiting instructor at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN (2005-2006). Before that, he taught as an instructor and teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota. He also worked as the undergraduate advisor, instructor and website designer for the Institute of Global Studies and the Human Rights Law program.

He has a son named Nicholas Quillen Perry and a baby girl named Elisabeth Vivianne Perry who currently take up most of his free time, but his other interests include acoustic guitar and bass, ultimate frisbee, Venetian cuisine, and the Red Sox.


PhD, history, University of Minnesota
MA, history, University of Minnesota
BA, history, Wesleyan University


  • The Catholic Church in the Middle Ages
  • Fall of Rome: Constantine to Charlemagne
  • Jerusalem: From Antiquity to Now
  • The Silk Road