Assistant Dean of the School of Graduate Studies

Dr. Brian J. Maxson

(423) 439-8638

Educational Background:
  • 2008, Ph.D. Northwestern University (History)
  • 2003, M.A. Nothwestern University (History)
  • 2002, B.A. Michigan State University (History)
  • 2002, B.A. Michigan State University (Interdisciplinary Humanities)
Areas of Professional Interest:
  • Politics and Culture of Europe between 1250 and 1650 particularly the Italian peninsula
Work Experience:
  • 2013 - present, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, ETSU
  • 2008 - present, Assistant Professor of History, ETSU
  1. The Humanist World of Renaissance Florence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, expected publication early 2014)

  2. "The Vernacular and the Spread of the Humanist Movement in Fifteenth-Century Florence" in Latin and the Vernacular in the Fifteenth Century a thematic issue of I Tatti Studies, edited by Andrea Rizzi and Eva del Soldato, (forthcoming in 2013)

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

  4. "The Many Shades of Praise: Politics and Panegyrics in Fifteenth-Century Florence," in Rhetorik in Mittelalter und Renaissance: Konzepte-Praxis-Diversität, eds. Georg Strack and Julia Knödler, 393-412 (Munich: Herbert Utz Verlag, 2011)

  5. "Kings and Tyrants: Leonardo Bruni's Hiero in Early Renaissance Florence" Renaissance Studies 24, no. 2 (April 2010): 188-206

Honors and Awards:
  • ETSU History Department Research Grant, 2009, 2011, 2012
  • RDC Large Research Grant, 2009-2010 Academic Year
  • RDC Small Research Grant from ETSU, Spring 2009
  • Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship, Fall 2007-Spring 2008

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