Olivia Remie Constable was the daughter of medieval historian Giles Constable and his wife Esther Van Horne Young Constable [Evhy Constable], a children's book author. The art historian W.G. Constable was her paternal grandfather. After receiving her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University in 1989, she taught in the History Department of Columbia University before moving in 1995 to teach in the History department at the University of Notre Dame. She also became director of the Medieval Institute there. Her books included Trade and Traders in Muslim Spain: The Commercial Realignment of the Iberian Peninsula 900-1500 (1994), Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources (1997), and Housing the Stranger in the Mediterranean World: Lodging, Trade, and Travel in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (2003). She was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the ACLS, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She was named a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 2009. She died of cancer in 2014.