Timothy Kircher

Departments and Positions:
History, Professor of History
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Yale College, BA, '83
Yale University, MA, '84
Yale University, PHD, '89

Current Research Interests

  • A book project currently entitled “Renaissance Culture Wars: The Humanist Search for Meaning in Fifteenth-Century Italy” that examines how humanists analyzed appearances through direct observation, philosophical inquiry, and the use of metaphor.

Courses Taught

  • Medieval Civilization: Chivalry and Crusades
  • The Renaissance in Florence and beyond
  • Reformation: Luther to Fox
  • Cultural History of Ancient Greece from Homer to Socrates
  • The Elizabethan Age
  • Europe 800-present
  • History Research Seminar

Campus and Community Involvement

  • Chair, Humanities Division
  • Chair, Nominating Committee

Notable Works

  • Living Well in Renaissance Italy: The Morality of Humanism and the Irony of Leon Battista Alberti. (Tempe: ACMRS, 2012).
  • The Poet’s Wisdom: The Humanists, the Church and The Formation of Philosophy in the Early Renaissance (Leiden: Brill, 2006).
  • Fellow, National Humanities Center, Durham, North Carolina, 2007-8.