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About Brian J. Maxson

Dr. Maxson’s research focuses on the political culture of premodern Europe, specifically Renaissance Italy; the power of language and its connotations regarding diplomacy and politics; and political corruption in Renaissance Florence. 

Positions

August 2014 - Present Associate Professor, East Tennessee State University History, College of Arts and Sciences
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April 2014 - July 2016 Secretary, Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools
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May 2013 - July 2016 Assistant Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, East Tennessee State University
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August 2008 - August 2014 Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University History, College of Arts and Sciences
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January 2011 - May 2013 Graduate Coordinator, East Tennessee State University History, College of Arts and Sciences
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Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Discipline Representative for Humanism, Renaissance Society of America
2017 - Present Editorial Board, Cronachista e storiografia italiana
2016 - Present Founder and Co-Organizer, Appalachian Premodernists
2016 - Present Editorial Board, Testi: Antichità, Medioevo e Umanesimo (Università di Napoli Federico II)
2016 - Present Contributing Editor, Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, “Quattrocento” section
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Honors and Awards

  • Visiting Professor for Teaching in English Grant, Universitat Jaume I, November 2015
  • Lila Wallace - Reader's Digest Lecture Program award through Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, June 2015
  • Craig Hugh Smyth Visiting Fellowship at Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy), April-June 2015
  • Lindsay Young Visiting Faculty Fellowship at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, May 2014
  • ETSU College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Award, 2013-2014
  • Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship, Fall 2007-Spring 2008
  • J. William Fulbright Fellowship, Fall 2005- Spring 2006

Courses

  • Renaissance Europe, 1300-1500 (Junior-level temporal survey)
  • Early Medieval Europe (Graduate Seminar)
  • Renaissance in Medieval Europe (Graduate Seminar)
  • Renaissance Venice (Split senior seminar and graduate seminar)
  • Historiography (Graduate Seminar)
  • The Middle Ages, 1000-1300 (Junior-level temporal survey)
  • World History to 1500 (Entry-level survey, taught online)
  • Florence in the Age of Medici (Graduate Seminar)
  • Magic and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe (Graduate Seminar)
  • Crime and Criminals in Renaissance Italy (Graduate Seminar)
  • Readings in Medieval and Early-Modern Europe (Graduate Seminar)
  • Introduction to Historical Research (Graduate Seminar)
  • The European Reformation (Graduate Seminar)
  • The European Renaissance in History and Historical Imagination (Graduate Seminar)
  • Teaching Pedagogy (Graduate Seminar)
  • When East Meets West: The Crusades from Both Sides, 1050-1600 (Upper-division undergraduate seminar)
  • Renaissance Florence (Upper-division undergraduate seminar)
  • Renaissance Humanism (Upper-division undergraduate seminar)
  • Renaissance and Reformation Europe (Upper-level undergraduate seminar)
  • Historical Methodologies (Upper-division undergraduate seminar)
  • Early Modern Europe (Upper-division undergraduate lecture course)
  • European Civilization 1050-1750 (Undergraduate survey course)
  • U.S. History to 1877 (Undergraduate survey course with honor’s section)

Education

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2008 PhD, History, Northwestern University
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2003 MA, History, Northwestern University
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2002 BA, History, Michigan State University
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2002 BA, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Michigan State University
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Contact Information

P.O. Box 70672
Johnson City, TN 37614-1709

Phone: 423-439-6698
Office: Rogers-Stout 206


Email:


Books (2)

Journal Articles, Book Contributions, and Review Essays (13)

Reviews and Brief Works (37)