David Peterson

Professor of History, Chair of the Department of History, Acting Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program

David Peterson

Newcomb Hall 203
540.458.8094
petersond@wlu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Ph.D. 1985 Cornell University
  • M.A. 1977 Cornell University
  • M.Litt. 1975 Edinburgh University
  • B.A. 1973 College of William and Mary

Research

The relationship between religion and politics, church history and political thought, especially in medieval and Renaissance Italy

Teaching

European Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation history; European Medieval and Renaissance church history and political thought; Dante, and Machiavelli

Current Research

Professor Peterson is writing a book on Power and the Sacred: Religion, Politics and the Church in Renaissance Florence, 1375-1460. It explores religion's influence on Florentine politics and social life, and politics' impact on the Florentine church when Florence was shaping the culture of early Renaissance Italy.