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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. 


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

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


  • The Crusades in Practice and Conception, 1050-2000 (Graduate Seminar)
  • 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)


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

Contact Information

P.O. Box 70672
Johnson City, TN 37614

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


Books (2)

Edited Volumes (1)

Encyclopedia Articles and Other Short Publications (3)

Journal Articles, Book Contributions, and Review Essays (17)

Reviews and Brief Works (53)