Florin Curta is a specialist in the history and archaeology of the Middle Ages, with a particular interest in East Central and Eastern Europe between ca. 500 and ca. 1250. He received his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University (1998), and is the recent recipient of a NEH fellowship at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens; a senior fellowship in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks; membership in the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, in Princeton; and an American Council of Learned Societies postdoctoral fellowship in East European Studies. He has taught at the University of Florida since 1999, and is the founding member of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies program. His first book, The Making of the Slavs (Cambridge University Press, 2001) was named a 2002 Choice Outstanding Academic Title and won the Herbert Baxter Adams Award of the American Historical Association in 2003. He is also the author of Southeastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 500-1250 (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050. The Early Middle Ages (Edinburgh University Press, 2011). Curta is the editor-in-chief of the Brill series "East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 450-1450," and served on the Medieval Academy of America Publication Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the Cursor Mundi series of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He is the director of the certificate program in Medieval Archaeology at the University of Florida.
Curta is currently working on the transition from Late Antiquity to the early Middle Ages, and on the social and economic transformations taking place in Eastern Europe during the sixth and the early seventh centuries.