Dr. Brian Jeffrey Maxson

Dr. Maxson

(423) 439-6698
Rogers-Stout 206






Assistant Professor
Assistant Dean of the Graduate School

B.A., 2002, Michigan State University
M.A., 2003, Northwestern University
Ph.D., 2008, Northwestern University

About Dr. Maxson:
Dr. Maxson's research focuses on the political, social, and cultural history of the Italian Renaissance. He has published numerous articles in venues including Renaissance Studies and I Tatti Studies. His first monograph, The Learned World of the Florentines, 1400-1480 is currently under contract with Cambridge University Press with an estimated publication date of 2014. The book examines the learned interests of hundreds of so-called amateur humanists in Renaissance Florence and, using a case study of Florentine diplomats, argues that demands of political and social rituals motivated the spread, form, and success of the humanist movement. He has held fellowships from the Fulbright and Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Foundations as well as Northwestern and East Tennessee State Universities. He has given invited lectures at the University of Oxford and the Ludwig Maximilians Universitat in Munich. 


Areas of Academic Specialty   
Europe between 1050 and 1700 
Political, diplomatic, cultural, and social history Italy 



Selected Publications: 


Maxson book





The Humanist World of Renaissance Florence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).



After Civic Humanism: New Approaches to Politics and Learning in Renaissance Italy, eds. Nicholas Scott Baker and Brian Jeffrey Maxson. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, in production, forthcoming in 2014.



Giannozzo Manetti, the King, and the Emperor” text by Brian Jeffrey Maxson, with textualedition by Stefano Baldassarri, Archivio Storico Italiano (in production, forthcoming in October 2014).


“The Ritual of Command: Humanism, Magic, and Liberty in Fifteenth-Century Florence,”in After Civic Humanism, edited by Nicholas Scott Baker and Brian Jeffrey Maxson. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, forthcoming in in 2014.

“Claiming Byzantium: Papal Diplomacy, Biondo Flavio, and the Fourth Crusade,” Studi    Veneziani (2013): 129-157, in production.


“‘This Sort of Men’: the Vernacular and the Humanist Movement in Fifteenth-Century Florence,” I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance 16, no. 1/2 (Fall 2013): 257-271.


“Establishing Independence: Ritual, Empire, and Leonardo Bruni’s History of the FlorentinePeople,” in Foundation, Dedication and Consecration Rituals in Early Modern Culture, eds. Maarten Delbeke, Jan de Jong, and Minou Schraven, 79-98 (Leiden: Brill, 2012).