Christopher S. Celenza

Christopher S. Celenza

Fellow: Awarded 2008
Field of Study: Renaissance History

Competition: US & Canada

Johns Hopkins University

Christopher S. Celenza holds two doctoral degrees, a Ph.D. in history (Duke University, 1995) and a Dr.Phil in classics and neo-Latin literature (University of Hamburg, 2001), as well as a B.A. (1988) and M.A. (1989) in history from SUNY-Albany.  He is currently a Professor in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University.  From 1996 to 2005 he taught in the History Department at Michigan State University, advancing from Assistant Professor to full Professor during his tenure there. He is the author of three books: The Lost Italian Renaissance: Humanists, Historians, and Latin’s Legacy (Johns Hopkins UP, 2004), which won the Gordan Prize of the Renaissance Society of America for the best book of the year in Renaissance Studies and was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2006; Piety and Pythagoras in Renaissance Florence: The Symbolum Nesianum (Leiden: Brill, 2001); and Renaissance Humanism and the Papal Curia: Lapo da Castiglionchio the Younger’s De curiae commodis (University of Michigan Press, 1999).  With Kenneth Gouwens, Mr. Celenza co-edited Humanism and Creativity: Essays in Honor of Ronald G. Witt (Brill, 2006).  His articles have appeared in Renaissance Quarterly, the Journal of Religious History, the Journal of the History of Ideas, Medioevo e Rinascimento, Accademia, Illinois Classical Studies, Traditio, the Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, as well as in a number of edited collections.  He has held fellowships from the ACLS (Burckhart Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, 2003-04), Villa I Tatti (the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, 1999-2000), the American Academy in Rome (1993-94), and the Fulbright Foundation (1992-93).  From 2002-2005 he served as Director of the Summer Program in Applied Paleography at the American Academy in Rome.

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