CHARLES HOMER HASKINS CHAIR IN HISTORY
Established in 1986 by the University in memory of Charles Homer Haskins

Image Credit: Ferdinand Hamburger Jr. Archives, Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library CHARLES HOMER HASKINS, A&S 1887, 1890 (PhD), was considered the nation's first and most important medievalist. After receiving his doctorate from Hopkins, Dr. Haskins taught at the University of Wisconsin before joining the faculty of Harvard, where he became dean and remained for the rest of his career. Dr. Haskins' scholarship focused on Norman contributions to medieval English government and illuminated the impact of Greek and Arabic scientific materials on Western Europe. In 1947, he published a landmark book, The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century. During World War I, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, A&S 1886 (PhD)--with whom he had become friends at Hopkins--appointed Dr. Haskins chief of the Western European division of the American commission to negotiate peace at the Paris Peace Conference.

 

CHRISTOPHER S. CELENZA, the Charles Homer Haskins Professor of History, is a historian and Latinist who works on European intellectual history and the history of the classical tradition. He holds two doctoral degrees, a PhD in history (Duke University, 1995) and a DrPhil in classics and neo-Latin literature (University of Hamburg, 2001), as well as a BA (1988) and MA (1989) in history from SUNY-Albany. At The Johns Hopkins University, he is a professor in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, where he has been since 2005. Before his time at Johns Hopkins he taught for nine years in the History Department at Michigan State University. At The Johns Hopkins University he holds secondary appointments in the History Department and the Department of Classics. He was the founding director of the Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Celenza's books include: The Lost Italian Renaissance: Humanists, Historians, and Latin’s Legacy (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), which won the Gordan Prize of the Renaissance Society of America and was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2006; Piety and Pythagoras in Renaissance Florence: The Symbolum Nesianum (Leiden: Brill, 2001); and Renaissance Humanism and the Papal Curia: Lapo da Castiglionchio the Younger’s De curiae commodis (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999). With Kenneth Gouwens, he co-edited Humanism and Creativity: Essays in Honor of Ronald G. Witt (Leiden: Brill, 2006). Most recently, he has edited the book Angelo Poliziano’s Lamia in Context: Text, Translation, and Introductory Studies (Leiden: Brill, 2010).

His articles have appeared in Renaissance Quarterly, the Journal of Religious History, the Journal of the History of Ideas, Medioevo e Rinascimento, Accademia, Illinois Classical Studies, Traditio, the Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, as well as in a number of edited collections. He has held fellowships from Guggenheim Foundation (2008-09), the ACLS (Burckhart Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, 2003-04), Villa I Tatti (the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, 1999-2000), the American Academy in Rome (1993-94), and the Fulbright Foundation (1992-93). From 2002-2005 he served as director of the Summer Program in Applied Palaeography at the American Academy in Rome.