W&M Professor Emeritus
Professor Emeritus George Greenia is co-founder of its Program in Medieval & Renaissance Studies, and founder of its Institute for Pilgrimage Studies. He is a past national officer of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, founded at William & Mary in 1776. Fluent in Spanish, French and Latin, he is an authority on medieval material culture, especially its books and written culture, religious traditions, medieval travel and art. For fourteen years he served as editor and publisher of La corónica, a research journal of medieval Spanish language, literature and cultural studies, and in 2007 was name Distinguished Editor of the Year by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.
An internationally recognized authority on medieval and modern pilgrimage, Prof. Greenia has bicycled and walked over 4000 miles along the pilgrimage trails to Santiago de Compostela and to other sacred and patriotic sites in Europe and the Americas. For his work researching and promoting Spanish literature and culture, especially the Camino de Santiago, he was knighted by order of King Juan Carlos I and bestowed an Encomienda of the Order of Isabel the Catholic. In 2019 he was awarded the Compostela Prize for preservation of European culture.