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Thomas V Cohen

Department of History
Department of Humanities

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Office: 2156 Vari Hall
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 66977
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Professor Tom Cohen (“Thomas” only when in print) works on Renaissance Italy, Rome especially, and that city’s rural hinterland. His take is a mix of cultural and political anthropology. He studies gestures and symbols and decodes actions. As a writer, he often uses microhistory, telling fine-grained stories about the lives of ordinary Romans. He looks to coalitions, conspiracies, trades, bluffs, dares, and wily dodges. A devotee of style and vividness in scholarly writing, he tells stories about seductions, betrayals, conspiracies, murders, and poisonings, not just for the tales themselves, but for the clues they offer about the culture of negotiation and the habits of coalition that made a distant world work. As a social historian with a Humanities inclination, employs close reading to extract the hidden esthetics of everyday language. His current main project is a book on a rebellious village high in mountains east of Rome. Meanwhile he also finds himself entangled in the history of orality in both Italy and elsewhere and he has a side project on reciprocity, trust, and entanglement in a weakly governed world.

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Research Interests

History , Anthropology , The Political and Cultural Anthropology of Early Modern Italy, Historical Narrative as an Art, Language and Consciousness in Early Modern Italian Society

All Publications

Books

Fosi, Irene. Papal Justice (La giustizia del papa). Trans. Tom Cohen. Rome-Bari: Laterza, 2007; Catholic Universities Press of America, 2011

Fosi, Irene. Papal Justice (La giustizia del papa). Trans. Tom Cohen. Rome-Bari: Laterza, 2007; Catholic Universities Press of America, 2011 View details

Cultural History of Early Modern European Streets. Ed. Riitta Laitinen. Leiden: Brill, 2009. 176.

Love and Death in Renaissance Italy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.

with E. S. Cohen. Daily Life in Renaissance Italy. Westport CT: Greenwood, 2001. 316.

with E.S. Cohen. Words and Deeds in Renaissance Rome: Trials before the Papal Magistrates. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993. xx-308.

Book Chapters

'Community and Village Conflict.' Sociability and its Discontents: Civil Society, Social Capital, and their Alternatives in late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Ed. Nicholas Epstein and Nicholas Terpstra. Leiden: Brill, 2009. 24-50

'Love.' Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, & Sexuality. Ed. Victoria L. Mondelli and Cherrie A. Gottsleben. Vol. 3. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2008. 1-52.

(translation) : Fosi, Irene. 'Foreigners in Papal Rome.' Art and Identity in Early Modern Rome. Ed. Jill Burke and Michael Bury. London: Ashgate, 2008.

with E.S. Cohen. 'A foreword to.' Shell Games. Ed. M. Crane, R. Raiswell and M. Reeves. Toronto: Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, 2004. 1-7

(translation) : Fosi, Irene. 'Court and city in the ceremony of the possesso in the sixteenth century.' Court and Politics in Papal Rome, 1492-1700. Ed. Gianvittorio Signorotto and Maria Antonietta Visceglia. Cambridge: Cambridge University, 2002. 1-52.

with E.S. Cohen. A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing. Ed. D. Woolf. New York: Garland, 1998. 33-36; 214-215; 368-9.

Hoffmann, Richard C. 'Basurto's Dialogo.' Fishers' Craft and Lettered Art: Tracts on Fishing from the End of the Middle Ages. Trans. Thomas Cohen. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.

'A Note on Fra Pelagio, a Hermit-Prophet in Rome.' Prophetic Rome in the High Renaissance Period. Ed. Marjorie Reeves. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992. 231-237.

'Agostino Bonamore and the Secret Pigeon (1559).' Essays on Life Writing Ed. Marlene Kadar. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992. 94-112.

Journal Articles

“Roman Law Meets Village Custom, Summoning Peasant Senses to Craft a Tale (1557),” forthcoming in International Journal for Cultural History (2012)

With Germaine Warkentin of the University of Toronto, " Things not easily believed: introducing the early modern relation," a set of seven articles on Rélations/Relazioni, for Renaissance and Reformation, 34, no 1-2 (winter-spring, 2011): 3-243 (actually came out in winter of 2012).

(with E. S. Cohen), “Charismatic things and social transaction in Renaissance Italy,” for Fabrizio Nevola, editor, Special Issue 03 (Locating communities in the early modern Italian city) Urban History, 2010: 474-82.

with Riitta Laitinen. 'Cultural History of Early Modern Streets – An Introduction.' Journal of Early Modern History 12.3-4 (2009): 195-204.

'The Death of Abramo of Montecosaro.' Jewish History 19 (2005): 245-85.

'Contrafactual History Assignment.' Core, York’s Newsletter on University Teaching 13.3 (April, 2004): 7.

'Reflections on Retelling a Renaissance Murder.' History and Theory 41:4 (2002): 6-16.

with E. S. Cohen. 'Open and Shut: The Social Meanings of the Renaissance Italian House.' Bard Graduate School of Design Journal IX:1 (fall-winter, 2001-2002): 61-84.

'The Savelli Murder Project: Unsolved Mystery Story as Historical Pedagogy.' Positive Pedagogy 1.2 (May, 2001).

'Three Forms of Jeopardy: Honor, Pain and Truth-telling in a Sixteenth-Century Italian Courtroom.' Sixteenth Century Journal XXIX.4 (1998): 975-998.

'Social Memory as Therapy and as Village Politics.' Social History/Histoire Sociale (1997): 291-309.

Fosi, Irene. 'Justice and Its Image: Political Propaganda and Judicial Reality in the Pontificate of Sixtus V.' Sixteenth Century Journal XXIV.1 (Spring, 1993): 75-96.

'The Lay Liturgy of Affront in Sixteenth-Century Rome.' Journal of Social History 25.4 (1992): 857-877.

'A Long Day in Monte Rotondo: the Politics of Jeopardy in a Village Rising (1558).' Comparative Studies in Society and History 33 (1991): 639-68.

with E.S. Cohen. 'Camilla the Go-Between: the Politics of Gender in a Roman Household (1559).' Continuity and Change 4.1 (1989): 53-77.

'The Case of the Mysterious Coil of Rope: Street Life and Jewish Persona in Rome in the Middle of the Sixteenth Century.' Sixteenth Century Journal 19.2 (Summer, 1988): 209-221.

'Diversità nell' Esperienza Religiosa tra i primi 1259 Gesuiti.' Annali Accademici Canadesi I (1986): 7-25.

with R.C.Hoffmann. 'El Tratadico de la Pesca. The Little Treatise on Fishing by Fernando Basurto from his Dialogue.' American Fly Fisherman 2.3 (Summer, 1984): 8-13.

'Why the Jesuits Joined.' Canadian Historical Papers (1974). 237-258.

Conference Proceedings

"On a Summer's Eve a Traveller...", in Tales from the Streets of Early Modern Europe, Renaissance Society of America, Montreal, March 23, 2011

"The Historian as Ventroquist," for Graduate Colloquium, Department of History, University of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV, 30 Sept, 2011.

Conference Papers

"Entanglement: how the whole world worked, and how Jews latched on," keynote for Early Modern Workshop in Jewish History, Brown University, Providence, 26-27 February 2012

"Confrontation in Italian courts: was it a real conversation?", Gossip, Gospel, Governance: Orality in Europe 1400-1700, British Academy / University of Northumbria, London, 14 July, 2011. This was a keynote address to start the conference off.

"The Historian as Ventroquist," for Graduate Colloquium, Department of History, University of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV, 30 Sept, 2011.

'Trial testimony as Cognitive Map.' AHA. San Diego, January 2010.

'Roman Law Meets Village Custom, Summoning Peasant Senses to Craft a Tale (1557).' Turku. 29 May, 2010.

with E. S. Cohen. 'Where’s Madalena: the Big Woman from Modena? History from Roman Trials (1603).' Inaugural paper for graduate program in history. Nipissing University, North Bay, ON. 30 January, 2009.

with E. S. Cohen. 'From Macro to Micro: Cultural History from Roman Trials, ca. 1600.' Renvall Institute. Helsinki. 31 March, 2009.

'Fieldwork with the Dead: Anthropology in my Mountain Village in 16th-century Italy.' Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies. Toronto. 28 March, 2007.

'On Teaching the Early Modern Mediterranean.' Networks of Interaction in the Early Modern Mediterranean. University of Toronto. 12-13 October, 2007.

'A Touch of Evil, an Evil Touch: Some Lecherous Patronage in Sixteenth-Century Rome.' Invited lecture for Medieval Studies. St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo. 2 November, 2007.

'The Anthropology of Truth-Speaking.' Villa Spelman conference. 2006.

'Community and Village Conflict.' Renaissance Society of America. San Francisco. 24 March, 2006.

'Rhetorics of Truth.' Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies. Toronto. 28 May, 2006.

'A Peasant March on Rome (1556).' 8th International Conference for Urban History. Stockholm. 1 September, 2006.

with Elizabeth Cohen. 'In/visibility: Masquerade off-stage in early modern Rome.' Ritual in Renaissance Rome. Universty of Toronto, Toronto. 4 November, 2006.

'Pensando al lettore…Perchè trattare la storia come di scrivere.' Seminar at Università di Roma I. La Sapienza. May 24, 2005.

'Offering hostages to Win Trust: The Varied Ploys of ‘Fede’ in Italian Renaissance Culture.' Department of Italian Studies (ISSA). Berkeley. 30 September, 2005.

'Authority, Trust, and Witness in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.' American Historical Association. Washington DC. 9 January, 2004.

'The Anthropology of Truth-Speaking.' Conference: Truth and Falsehood in Early Modern Italy. Villa Spelman, Florence. 14-16 October, 2004.

'Approaches to Active Learning.' Evaluating and Assessing Student Learning. York University Centre for the Support of Teaching. 16 February, 2004.

'Welcome to our Classrooms.' CST. 24 August, 2004.

'Armada War project.' CST. 2004.

with Jerry Ginsburg. 'Beyond the Lecture: encouraging critical reflection through small group dynamics.' OHASSTA. Toronto. 7 November, 2004.

''You Have Cut Off the Nose of Casa Savelli': Wife-Murder as Elegant Choreography.' Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium. University of Toronto. 28 January, 2003.

'Judicial Epistemology in Sixteenth-Century Rome.' Sixteenth Century Society Conference. Pittsburgh. 1 November, 2003.

'Rome in the Sixteenth Century.' Living and Learning in Retirement. 17 January, 2003.

'Reading against the Grain: Hypothesis formation as pedagogy.' Ontario History and Social Science Teachers’ Association (OHSSTA). Toronto. 7 November, 2003.

'The Spanish Ambassador's Brawl.' AHA. San Francisco. January 2002.

'Political Ethics and Political Ideology in Two Marchigiana Towns.' Sixteenth Century Studies. San Antonio. October 2002.

with Elizabeth Cohen. 'Just what science killed these baby pigeons? (Rome, 1572) .' Graduate Seminar in European History. Cornell University. 15 November, 2002.

'Shell Games: Scams, Frauds, and Deceit (1300-1650).' University of Toronto. 28 April, 2001.

'Pierre Bourdieu and the Seduction of Innocentia (Rome, 1570).' Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. Cleveland. 4 November, 2000.

'Portia, prostituta ex hebrea.' Conference: L'altra metà della stella: spunti di storia di donne ebree italiane. Unione delle communità ebraiche italiane/ Centro bibliografico. Fondazione per i beni culturali ebraici in Italia. 14 March, 1999.

'Honor among Thieves: The Ethics of Spanish Pick Pockets in Rome.' American Historical Society Conference. New York. January 1997.

with E.S. Cohen. 'Open and Shut: The Social Meanings of the Renaissance Italian House.' Conference: Bringing the Renaissance Home, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum/ American Academy in Rome. New York. 14-16 March, 1997.

'Prayer to One's Fellow Man or Woman.' Conference: Prayer: Situation, Representation, Enactment. Boston College. 22 March, 1997.

with E.S. Cohen. 'Responses to Familial Woman-Murder in Sixteenth-Century Italy.' Third Carleton Conference on the History of the Family. Ottawa. 15-17 May, 1997.

'Comment/Commentaire: Session on French social history.' CHA, Learned Societies. St. John's, Nfld. June 1997.

'The Sad Death of Vittoria Giustini: True History as Soap Opera.' Conference: Writing Cultures/Making Culture: Sites, Stages, and Scenarios of Medieval Studies: CEMERS SUNY Binghamton. 18-19 October, 1996.

'Social Memory as Therapy and as Village Politics.' American Historical Society Conference. Chicago. January 1995.

'The Sad Death of Vittoria Giustini.' York Seminar on Social History and Social Anthropology. April 1995.

'Alcohol and History, Sixteenth Century Society.' San Francisco. October 1995.

'Sixteenth Century Society.' Toronto. October 1994.

'A Festival of Memory in Sixteenth-Century Italy.' Canadian Anthropology Society. Toronto. 7 May, 1993.

'The Art of Memory in an Italian Village.' Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference. Saint Louis. 11 December, 1993.

'Witchcraft and exorcism.' American Academy in Rome. January, 1992.

'Hard Times in Rocca Sinibalda: the Archeology of Village Memory.' American Academy in Rome. 25 February, 1992.

'Il Linguaggio della mascolinità nel '500 Romano.' Seminario del Dipartimento di Storia Moderna. Università di Roma. April 1992.

'Il Giudice che ballava a Rocca Sinibalda.' Coesistenza di Culture nel Tardo Medioevo: Italo-Canadian Conference on Late Medieval History. Università di Messina. 8-13 June, 1992.

with E.S. Cohen. 'Sfregio: Facial Mutilation as a Social Tactic in Renaissance Rome.' RSA. Duke. April 1991.

'How Should we Anatomize Practical Jokes in the Italian Renaissance?' YUMARA (York University Medieval and Renaissance Association) Annual Conference. March 1990.

'Agostino Bonamore and the Secret Pigeon.' Conference: Directions in the Humanities: Dialogue and Debate. York University. April 1990.

with E.S. Cohen. 'Male and Female Spoken Moral Discourse of the Popolo Romano: 1540-1620.' Italo-Canadian Conference on Late Medieval Social History. Ottawa. May, 1990.

'Criminal Court Records, Narrative and Anthropology: Just How Far can We Scholars Go?' Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. Saint Louis. October 1990.

'A Long Day in Monte Rotondo: The Micro-politics of Jeopardy in a Village Rising (1559).' Canadian Historical Association. Quebec. June 1989.

'Agostino Bonamore and the Secret Pigeon (1559).' Sixteenth Century Conference. Minneapolis. November 1989.

'The Lay Liturgy of Affront in Sixteenth-century Rome.' Social Science History Association. Chicago. November 1988.

'Sociologie de la Croyance: les Jésuites au Portugal et en Espagne.' Les Jésuites parmi les Hommes. Ed. G. Demerson, G. Demerson, B. Dompnier and A. Regond. Clermont-Ferrand: Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines de l'Université, 1987. 21-34.

with E.S. Cohen. 'Camilla the Go-between: The Politics of Gender in a Roman Household (1559).' Medieval Studies Conference. Kalamazoo. May 1987.

with Linda Carroll, E.S. Cohen, James Farr, and Edward Muir. 'Beyond Anecdote: Toward a Thick Description of Vernacular Culture.' Tempe, Ariz. October 1987.

'Religious Vocation in the Sixteenth Century: The Jesuit Autobiographies.' Conference: Autobiography and Biography: Gender, Text, and Context. Stanford (Center for Research on Women). April 1986.

'The Case of the Mysterious Coil of Rope: Street Life and Jewish Persona in Rome in the Middle of the Sixteenth Century.' Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference. St. Louis. October 1986.

'Sociologie de la Croyance: les Jésuites au Portugal et en Espagne.' Colloque: Les Jésuites parmi les Hommes. Université de Clermont-Ferrand. May 1985.

'A Social and Psychological History of the Jesuits in the Sixteenth Century.' CACI. Rome. October 1984.

'Varieties of Religious Experience among the first 1259 Jesuits.' Canadian Historical Association. Vancouver. June 1983.

'The Jesuit Recruitment in Northern Italy.' Sixteenth-Century Studies Society. Terre Haute. 1977.

'Jesuit Religiosity.' Atlanta. 1975.

'Why the Jesuits Joined.' Canadian Historical Association. Toronto. 1974.

Book Reviews

Rev. of Law, Marriage, and Society in the Later Middle Ages, by Charles Donahue. Canadian Journal of History Feb. 2010.

Rev. of Pistols! Treason! Murder!: The Rise and Fall of a Master Spy, ed. Jonathan Walker Johns Hopkins. Renaissance Quarterly April 2010.

Rev. of A Sudden Terror: The Plot to Murder the Rope in Renaissance Rome, by Anthony D’Elia. Journal of Modern History May 2009.

Rev. of Information and Communication in Venice: Rethinking Early Modern Politics, by Filippo de Vivo. London Review of Books 30.11 (June 2008): 19-20.

Rev. of Crime and Justice in late Medieval Italy, by Trevor Dean. Canadian Journal of History xliii (2008): 281-2.

Rev. of Patrons and Adversaries, by Caroline Castiglione. Journal of Modern History 79.4 (December 2007): 630-2.

Rev. of The Culture of Cleanliness in Renaissance Italy, by Douglas Biow. Renaissance Quarterly (2007): 909-10.

Rev. of Papal Banking in Renaissance Rome: Benvenuto Olivieri and Paul III, 1534-1549, by Francesco Guidi Bruscoli. Sixteenth Century Journal 2007.

Rev. of Jewish Life in Early Modern Rome: Challenge, Conversion, and Private Life, by Kenneth Stow. Catholic Historical Review 2007.

Rev. of Machiavelli in Love, by Guido Ruggiero. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Rev. of Strange Histories: The trial of the pig, the walking dead, and other matters of fact from the medieval and Renaissance worlds, by Darren Oldridge. The Medieval Review 2005.

Rev. of Benvenuto Cellini: Sexuality, Masculinity, and Artistic Identity in Renaissance Italy, by Margaret A. Galucci. International Journal of the Classical Tradition 2005.

Rev. of Elizabeth & Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens, by Jane Dunn. Globe and Mail 3 April 2004: 18.

Rev. of Croiser le fer: violence et culture de l’ épée dans la France moderne (Xvuie-XVIIIe si ècle), by Pascal Brioist, Hervé Drevillon et Pierre Serra. Social History/ Histoire Sociale xxxvii.74 (May 2004): 98-100.

Rev. of Spanish Rome, by Thomas Dandelet. American Historical Review 108.1 (2003): 281-2.

Rev. of Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love, by Dava Dava Sobel. History of Intellectual Culture 3.1 (2003).

Rev. of Church, Censorship and Culture in Early Modern Italy, ed. Gigliola Fragnito. Quaderni dell’ italianistica 2001.

Rev. of Village Justice: Community, Family, and Popular Culture in Early Modern Italy, by Tomasso Astarita. American Historical Review (2001): 676-7.

Rev. of Women in the Streets, Samuel K. Cohen. Sixteenth Century Journal XXIX.2 (1998): 577-9.

Rev. of Renaissance Cardinals and their Worldly Problems, by D. S. Chambers. XXIX.2 (1998): 626-8.

'Worldly goods: A New History of the Renaissance.' Rev. of Reformation: Christianity and the World 1500-2000, ed. Lisa Jardine. Globe and Mail April 19, 1997: E10.

Rev. of Kriminalität in Rom: 1560-1585, by Peter Blastenbrei. Sixteenth Century Journal XXVII.3 (fall, 1996): 885-6.

Rev. of Binding Passions, by Guido Ruggiero. Journal of Social History (Spring 1995): 668-670.

Rev. of The War of the Fists, by Robert Davis. Journal of Social History (Spring, 1995): 704-6.

Rev. of Historia et Fabula: Myths and Legends in Historical Thought from Antiquity to the Modern Age, by Peter Bietenholz. Canadian Journal of History (December, 1995): 554-555.

Rev. of Mad Blood Stirring: Vendetta and Factions in Friuli during the Renaissance, by Edward Muir. Journal of Social History (1994): 881-3.

Rev. of The First Jesuits, by John O'Malley. American Historical Review Dec. 1994: 1676-7.

Rev. of A Cultural History of Gesture, ed. Jan Bremmer and Herman Roodenburg. Journal of Social History 26 (fall 1993): 145-6.

Rev. of Patronage and Institutions: Science, Technology, and Medicine at the European Court, 1500-1700, ed. Bruce T. Moran. Canadian Journal of History XXVII (1992): 402-3.

Rev. of Jerome Nadal, S.J., 1507-1580: Tracking the First Generation of Jesuits, ed. William Bangert and Thomas M. McCoog. Theological Studies 1993: 567-9.

Rev. of The Jews in Piedmont, ed. Renata Segre. Journal of Modern History 63.3 (September 1991): 582-4.

Rev. of The Renaissance in National Context, ed. Roy Porter. Canadian Journal of History XXVII (1992): 360-2.

Rev. of Law, Family and Women: Towards a Legal Anthropology of Renaissance Italy, by Thomas Kuehn. Journal of Social History 26 (Winter 1993): 389-91.

Rev. of Carlo Sigonio: The Changing World of the Late Renaissance, by William McCuaig. Canadian Journal of History xxv (1990): 406-7.

Rev. of Un pontificato ed una città: Sisto IV (1471-1484). Atti di convegno: Roma, 3-7 dicembre 1984, ed. Massimo Miglio, Francesca Nutta, Diego Quaglioni, and Concetta Fanieri. Renaissance and Reformation 1989.

Rev. of Schooling in Renaissance Italy: Literacy and Learning, 1300-1600, by Paul Grendler. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins 1989.

Rev. of The Memoir of Marco Parenti: A Life in Medici Florence, by Mark Phillips. The Globe and Mail 1987.

Rev. of Classi Poveri e Stratagie del Controllo Sociale nel Granducato di Toscana (1765-1790), by Simondi. Criminal Justice History 1986:196-9.

Rev. of Religious Practices and Collective Perceptions. Hidden Homologies in the Renaissance and the Reformation, by Lionel Rothkrug. Canadian Journal of History XIV.2 (1981): 394-296.

Rev. of Identifying People in the Past, by E. A. Wrigley. HAR/RAH 1973: 53-4.

Rev. of Pauvres et la Pauvreté, by M. Mollat. American Historical Review.

Forthcoming

with Germaine Warkentin, University of Toronto), guest editing "Things not easily believed: introducing the early modern relation," a collection of seven essays on The Relation or Relazione as a reportiorial genre, for Renaissance and Reformation, submitted in Jan 2011

Fosi, Irene. La giustizia del papa. Trans. Tom Cohen. Rome-Bari: Laterza, 2007; Catholic Universities Press of America, 2010. Forthcoming.

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/HIST1015 6.0  Michaelangelo's Rome, Pepys's London LECT Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/HUMA1125 9.0  Civilization of Medieval and Renaissance Europe LECT Course Website 


Professor Tom Cohen (“Thomas” only when in print) works on Renaissance Italy, Rome especially, and that city’s rural hinterland. His take is a mix of cultural and political anthropology. He studies gestures and symbols and decodes actions. As a writer, he often uses microhistory, telling fine-grained stories about the lives of ordinary Romans. He looks to coalitions, conspiracies, trades, bluffs, dares, and wily dodges. A devotee of style and vividness in scholarly writing, he tells stories about seductions, betrayals, conspiracies, murders, and poisonings, not just for the tales themselves, but for the clues they offer about the culture of negotiation and the habits of coalition that made a distant world work. As a social historian with a Humanities inclination, employs close reading to extract the hidden esthetics of everyday language. His current main project is a book on a rebellious village high in mountains east of Rome. Meanwhile he also finds himself entangled in the history of orality in both Italy and elsewhere and he has a side project on reciprocity, trust, and entanglement in a weakly governed world.


As for teaching, Tom Cohen tells students “to expect the unexpected.” He uses drama, as orator and ham (he has a frightful wig good for Descartes, and an accent to prove ‘zat he tinks and zerefore he exists’), and hauls students down front in lecture to be Saint Francis and the Terrible Wolf of Gubbio, or sets one half a lecture hall to be angels for the prosecution against a crusader who sacked Christian Constantinople – should he go to Hell or Purgatory, or straight to Heaven for good intentions gone awry? He sometimes lectures utter nonsense, mixed with sense, and then asks students to find his errors. Behind the foolery and fun is serious purpose: students should step outside their daily selves, stretch mind and imagination, let loose a bit, and think with every corner of their brains.

Tom has spent six years as a member of the board of Toronto Zoo, and ran the speakers' series for the membership. It is a rare historian who learns about dentistry for giraffes (no, not up a ladder!) and the mating habits of cheetahs, who lose interest when there is no competition. Most other service, neighborhood services aside, is focused on the community of scholars, where Tom mentors, provides writing, publishing and networking advice, deals with hiring and tenure and, above all, on how to teach well.

Degrees

PhD, Harvard University
MA, Harvard University
BA, University of Michigan

Professional Leadership

Leadership? Hard to say. I seem to mentor a lot, not quite the same as leading. More a conversation than a gallop.

Community Contributions

University Service For the President: Commission on the Colleges (1976-7) For Senate: SCARSA (1986-7) For Arts: special committees: Dean’s task force to review Computer Science CAPP Commission on General Education (1974-5) Much speaking at recruitment fairs and sessions, over many years regular committees: Curriculum Development Committee (1979-81, chair second year) Executive Committee (1982-3) Merit Pay Committee Petitions Committee (1985-7 and again more recently) Research Committee (1989-90, chair) Tenure and Promotions, (2000-1 and 2002-4) chair for one and half terms (2002-3, to Christmas,) larger tasks: Coordinator of Individualized Studies (1988-91) CCAO, 2005-7 Chair CCAP, 2006-7 Gen Ed Review committee, chair, 2006-7 For Vanier: Senior Tutor (1970-2) Master's advisory committee (ca. 1998) For History: Committees and routine positions: Curriculum Committee Promotion and Tenure Committee Medieval hire chair, 2005-6 Course Evaluation Committee (1970) Executive Committee Chair of Council (1981-2, 1989-90) Computer Co-coordinator (1979-83) Bookstore and Library Liaison (1990-1) Representative to Arts Council (1995-6, 2001-2) Prize Committee TA Liaison (1997-8, 2002-4, 2005-6) Affirmative action officer Outside committees, bigger jobs: Recruitment/retention officer (1999-2001, 2002-4) Director of Undergraduate Studies (1993-5) For Humanities: Curriculum committee (1977-9, chair 2002-4) Promotion and Tenure Committee (1988-90, chair second year, 2005-8, chair: 2005-7) Premodern hire, chair, 2005-6 Committee on the Major (1886-7) Committee on Teaching (1988-9) Executive Committee Nominating Committee Research Coordinator (1996-8) Recruitment and Student Relations officer (2000-1) Misc. Six years on the Board of the Metro Toronto Zoo, where I ran the education programme for the membership.


Research Interests:

History , Anthropology , The Political and Cultural Anthropology of Early Modern Italy, Historical Narrative as an Art, Language and Consciousness in Early Modern Italian Society

All Publications

Books

Fosi, Irene. Papal Justice (La giustizia del papa). Trans. Tom Cohen. Rome-Bari: Laterza, 2007; Catholic Universities Press of America, 2011

Fosi, Irene. Papal Justice (La giustizia del papa). Trans. Tom Cohen. Rome-Bari: Laterza, 2007; Catholic Universities Press of America, 2011 View details

Cultural History of Early Modern European Streets. Ed. Riitta Laitinen. Leiden: Brill, 2009. 176.

Love and Death in Renaissance Italy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.

with E. S. Cohen. Daily Life in Renaissance Italy. Westport CT: Greenwood, 2001. 316.

with E.S. Cohen. Words and Deeds in Renaissance Rome: Trials before the Papal Magistrates. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993. xx-308.

Book Chapters

'Community and Village Conflict.' Sociability and its Discontents: Civil Society, Social Capital, and their Alternatives in late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Ed. Nicholas Epstein and Nicholas Terpstra. Leiden: Brill, 2009. 24-50

'Love.' Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love, Courtship, & Sexuality. Ed. Victoria L. Mondelli and Cherrie A. Gottsleben. Vol. 3. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2008. 1-52.

(translation) : Fosi, Irene. 'Foreigners in Papal Rome.' Art and Identity in Early Modern Rome. Ed. Jill Burke and Michael Bury. London: Ashgate, 2008.

with E.S. Cohen. 'A foreword to.' Shell Games. Ed. M. Crane, R. Raiswell and M. Reeves. Toronto: Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, 2004. 1-7

(translation) : Fosi, Irene. 'Court and city in the ceremony of the possesso in the sixteenth century.' Court and Politics in Papal Rome, 1492-1700. Ed. Gianvittorio Signorotto and Maria Antonietta Visceglia. Cambridge: Cambridge University, 2002. 1-52.

with E.S. Cohen. A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing. Ed. D. Woolf. New York: Garland, 1998. 33-36; 214-215; 368-9.

Hoffmann, Richard C. 'Basurto's Dialogo.' Fishers' Craft and Lettered Art: Tracts on Fishing from the End of the Middle Ages. Trans. Thomas Cohen. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.

'A Note on Fra Pelagio, a Hermit-Prophet in Rome.' Prophetic Rome in the High Renaissance Period. Ed. Marjorie Reeves. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992. 231-237.

'Agostino Bonamore and the Secret Pigeon (1559).' Essays on Life Writing Ed. Marlene Kadar. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992. 94-112.

Journal Articles

“Roman Law Meets Village Custom, Summoning Peasant Senses to Craft a Tale (1557),” forthcoming in International Journal for Cultural History (2012)

With Germaine Warkentin of the University of Toronto, " Things not easily believed: introducing the early modern relation," a set of seven articles on Rélations/Relazioni, for Renaissance and Reformation, 34, no 1-2 (winter-spring, 2011): 3-243 (actually came out in winter of 2012).

(with E. S. Cohen), “Charismatic things and social transaction in Renaissance Italy,” for Fabrizio Nevola, editor, Special Issue 03 (Locating communities in the early modern Italian city) Urban History, 2010: 474-82.

with Riitta Laitinen. 'Cultural History of Early Modern Streets – An Introduction.' Journal of Early Modern History 12.3-4 (2009): 195-204.

'The Death of Abramo of Montecosaro.' Jewish History 19 (2005): 245-85.

'Contrafactual History Assignment.' Core, York’s Newsletter on University Teaching 13.3 (April, 2004): 7.

'Reflections on Retelling a Renaissance Murder.' History and Theory 41:4 (2002): 6-16.

with E. S. Cohen. 'Open and Shut: The Social Meanings of the Renaissance Italian House.' Bard Graduate School of Design Journal IX:1 (fall-winter, 2001-2002): 61-84.

'The Savelli Murder Project: Unsolved Mystery Story as Historical Pedagogy.' Positive Pedagogy 1.2 (May, 2001).

'Three Forms of Jeopardy: Honor, Pain and Truth-telling in a Sixteenth-Century Italian Courtroom.' Sixteenth Century Journal XXIX.4 (1998): 975-998.

'Social Memory as Therapy and as Village Politics.' Social History/Histoire Sociale (1997): 291-309.

Fosi, Irene. 'Justice and Its Image: Political Propaganda and Judicial Reality in the Pontificate of Sixtus V.' Sixteenth Century Journal XXIV.1 (Spring, 1993): 75-96.

'The Lay Liturgy of Affront in Sixteenth-Century Rome.' Journal of Social History 25.4 (1992): 857-877.

'A Long Day in Monte Rotondo: the Politics of Jeopardy in a Village Rising (1558).' Comparative Studies in Society and History 33 (1991): 639-68.

with E.S. Cohen. 'Camilla the Go-Between: the Politics of Gender in a Roman Household (1559).' Continuity and Change 4.1 (1989): 53-77.

'The Case of the Mysterious Coil of Rope: Street Life and Jewish Persona in Rome in the Middle of the Sixteenth Century.' Sixteenth Century Journal 19.2 (Summer, 1988): 209-221.

'Diversità nell' Esperienza Religiosa tra i primi 1259 Gesuiti.' Annali Accademici Canadesi I (1986): 7-25.

with R.C.Hoffmann. 'El Tratadico de la Pesca. The Little Treatise on Fishing by Fernando Basurto from his Dialogue.' American Fly Fisherman 2.3 (Summer, 1984): 8-13.

'Why the Jesuits Joined.' Canadian Historical Papers (1974). 237-258.

Conference Proceedings

"On a Summer's Eve a Traveller...", in Tales from the Streets of Early Modern Europe, Renaissance Society of America, Montreal, March 23, 2011

"The Historian as Ventroquist," for Graduate Colloquium, Department of History, University of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV, 30 Sept, 2011.

Conference Papers

"Entanglement: how the whole world worked, and how Jews latched on," keynote for Early Modern Workshop in Jewish History, Brown University, Providence, 26-27 February 2012

"Confrontation in Italian courts: was it a real conversation?", Gossip, Gospel, Governance: Orality in Europe 1400-1700, British Academy / University of Northumbria, London, 14 July, 2011. This was a keynote address to start the conference off.

"The Historian as Ventroquist," for Graduate Colloquium, Department of History, University of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV, 30 Sept, 2011.

'Trial testimony as Cognitive Map.' AHA. San Diego, January 2010.

'Roman Law Meets Village Custom, Summoning Peasant Senses to Craft a Tale (1557).' Turku. 29 May, 2010.

with E. S. Cohen. 'Where’s Madalena: the Big Woman from Modena? History from Roman Trials (1603).' Inaugural paper for graduate program in history. Nipissing University, North Bay, ON. 30 January, 2009.

with E. S. Cohen. 'From Macro to Micro: Cultural History from Roman Trials, ca. 1600.' Renvall Institute. Helsinki. 31 March, 2009.

'Fieldwork with the Dead: Anthropology in my Mountain Village in 16th-century Italy.' Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies. Toronto. 28 March, 2007.

'On Teaching the Early Modern Mediterranean.' Networks of Interaction in the Early Modern Mediterranean. University of Toronto. 12-13 October, 2007.

'A Touch of Evil, an Evil Touch: Some Lecherous Patronage in Sixteenth-Century Rome.' Invited lecture for Medieval Studies. St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo. 2 November, 2007.

'The Anthropology of Truth-Speaking.' Villa Spelman conference. 2006.

'Community and Village Conflict.' Renaissance Society of America. San Francisco. 24 March, 2006.

'Rhetorics of Truth.' Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies. Toronto. 28 May, 2006.

'A Peasant March on Rome (1556).' 8th International Conference for Urban History. Stockholm. 1 September, 2006.

with Elizabeth Cohen. 'In/visibility: Masquerade off-stage in early modern Rome.' Ritual in Renaissance Rome. Universty of Toronto, Toronto. 4 November, 2006.

'Pensando al lettore…Perchè trattare la storia come di scrivere.' Seminar at Università di Roma I. La Sapienza. May 24, 2005.

'Offering hostages to Win Trust: The Varied Ploys of ‘Fede’ in Italian Renaissance Culture.' Department of Italian Studies (ISSA). Berkeley. 30 September, 2005.

'Authority, Trust, and Witness in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.' American Historical Association. Washington DC. 9 January, 2004.

'The Anthropology of Truth-Speaking.' Conference: Truth and Falsehood in Early Modern Italy. Villa Spelman, Florence. 14-16 October, 2004.

'Approaches to Active Learning.' Evaluating and Assessing Student Learning. York University Centre for the Support of Teaching. 16 February, 2004.

'Welcome to our Classrooms.' CST. 24 August, 2004.

'Armada War project.' CST. 2004.

with Jerry Ginsburg. 'Beyond the Lecture: encouraging critical reflection through small group dynamics.' OHASSTA. Toronto. 7 November, 2004.

''You Have Cut Off the Nose of Casa Savelli': Wife-Murder as Elegant Choreography.' Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium. University of Toronto. 28 January, 2003.

'Judicial Epistemology in Sixteenth-Century Rome.' Sixteenth Century Society Conference. Pittsburgh. 1 November, 2003.

'Rome in the Sixteenth Century.' Living and Learning in Retirement. 17 January, 2003.

'Reading against the Grain: Hypothesis formation as pedagogy.' Ontario History and Social Science Teachers’ Association (OHSSTA). Toronto. 7 November, 2003.

'The Spanish Ambassador's Brawl.' AHA. San Francisco. January 2002.

'Political Ethics and Political Ideology in Two Marchigiana Towns.' Sixteenth Century Studies. San Antonio. October 2002.

with Elizabeth Cohen. 'Just what science killed these baby pigeons? (Rome, 1572) .' Graduate Seminar in European History. Cornell University. 15 November, 2002.

'Shell Games: Scams, Frauds, and Deceit (1300-1650).' University of Toronto. 28 April, 2001.

'Pierre Bourdieu and the Seduction of Innocentia (Rome, 1570).' Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. Cleveland. 4 November, 2000.

'Portia, prostituta ex hebrea.' Conference: L'altra metà della stella: spunti di storia di donne ebree italiane. Unione delle communità ebraiche italiane/ Centro bibliografico. Fondazione per i beni culturali ebraici in Italia. 14 March, 1999.

'Honor among Thieves: The Ethics of Spanish Pick Pockets in Rome.' American Historical Society Conference. New York. January 1997.

with E.S. Cohen. 'Open and Shut: The Social Meanings of the Renaissance Italian House.' Conference: Bringing the Renaissance Home, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum/ American Academy in Rome. New York. 14-16 March, 1997.

'Prayer to One's Fellow Man or Woman.' Conference: Prayer: Situation, Representation, Enactment. Boston College. 22 March, 1997.

with E.S. Cohen. 'Responses to Familial Woman-Murder in Sixteenth-Century Italy.' Third Carleton Conference on the History of the Family. Ottawa. 15-17 May, 1997.

'Comment/Commentaire: Session on French social history.' CHA, Learned Societies. St. John's, Nfld. June 1997.

'The Sad Death of Vittoria Giustini: True History as Soap Opera.' Conference: Writing Cultures/Making Culture: Sites, Stages, and Scenarios of Medieval Studies: CEMERS SUNY Binghamton. 18-19 October, 1996.

'Social Memory as Therapy and as Village Politics.' American Historical Society Conference. Chicago. January 1995.

'The Sad Death of Vittoria Giustini.' York Seminar on Social History and Social Anthropology. April 1995.

'Alcohol and History, Sixteenth Century Society.' San Francisco. October 1995.

'Sixteenth Century Society.' Toronto. October 1994.

'A Festival of Memory in Sixteenth-Century Italy.' Canadian Anthropology Society. Toronto. 7 May, 1993.

'The Art of Memory in an Italian Village.' Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference. Saint Louis. 11 December, 1993.

'Witchcraft and exorcism.' American Academy in Rome. January, 1992.

'Hard Times in Rocca Sinibalda: the Archeology of Village Memory.' American Academy in Rome. 25 February, 1992.

'Il Linguaggio della mascolinità nel '500 Romano.' Seminario del Dipartimento di Storia Moderna. Università di Roma. April 1992.

'Il Giudice che ballava a Rocca Sinibalda.' Coesistenza di Culture nel Tardo Medioevo: Italo-Canadian Conference on Late Medieval History. Università di Messina. 8-13 June, 1992.

with E.S. Cohen. 'Sfregio: Facial Mutilation as a Social Tactic in Renaissance Rome.' RSA. Duke. April 1991.

'How Should we Anatomize Practical Jokes in the Italian Renaissance?' YUMARA (York University Medieval and Renaissance Association) Annual Conference. March 1990.

'Agostino Bonamore and the Secret Pigeon.' Conference: Directions in the Humanities: Dialogue and Debate. York University. April 1990.

with E.S. Cohen. 'Male and Female Spoken Moral Discourse of the Popolo Romano: 1540-1620.' Italo-Canadian Conference on Late Medieval Social History. Ottawa. May, 1990.

'Criminal Court Records, Narrative and Anthropology: Just How Far can We Scholars Go?' Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. Saint Louis. October 1990.

'A Long Day in Monte Rotondo: The Micro-politics of Jeopardy in a Village Rising (1559).' Canadian Historical Association. Quebec. June 1989.

'Agostino Bonamore and the Secret Pigeon (1559).' Sixteenth Century Conference. Minneapolis. November 1989.

'The Lay Liturgy of Affront in Sixteenth-century Rome.' Social Science History Association. Chicago. November 1988.

'Sociologie de la Croyance: les Jésuites au Portugal et en Espagne.' Les Jésuites parmi les Hommes. Ed. G. Demerson, G. Demerson, B. Dompnier and A. Regond. Clermont-Ferrand: Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines de l'Université, 1987. 21-34.

with E.S. Cohen. 'Camilla the Go-between: The Politics of Gender in a Roman Household (1559).' Medieval Studies Conference. Kalamazoo. May 1987.

with Linda Carroll, E.S. Cohen, James Farr, and Edward Muir. 'Beyond Anecdote: Toward a Thick Description of Vernacular Culture.' Tempe, Ariz. October 1987.

'Religious Vocation in the Sixteenth Century: The Jesuit Autobiographies.' Conference: Autobiography and Biography: Gender, Text, and Context. Stanford (Center for Research on Women). April 1986.

'The Case of the Mysterious Coil of Rope: Street Life and Jewish Persona in Rome in the Middle of the Sixteenth Century.' Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference. St. Louis. October 1986.

'Sociologie de la Croyance: les Jésuites au Portugal et en Espagne.' Colloque: Les Jésuites parmi les Hommes. Université de Clermont-Ferrand. May 1985.

'A Social and Psychological History of the Jesuits in the Sixteenth Century.' CACI. Rome. October 1984.

'Varieties of Religious Experience among the first 1259 Jesuits.' Canadian Historical Association. Vancouver. June 1983.

'The Jesuit Recruitment in Northern Italy.' Sixteenth-Century Studies Society. Terre Haute. 1977.

'Jesuit Religiosity.' Atlanta. 1975.

'Why the Jesuits Joined.' Canadian Historical Association. Toronto. 1974.

Book Reviews

Rev. of Law, Marriage, and Society in the Later Middle Ages, by Charles Donahue. Canadian Journal of History Feb. 2010.

Rev. of Pistols! Treason! Murder!: The Rise and Fall of a Master Spy, ed. Jonathan Walker Johns Hopkins. Renaissance Quarterly April 2010.

Rev. of A Sudden Terror: The Plot to Murder the Rope in Renaissance Rome, by Anthony D’Elia. Journal of Modern History May 2009.

Rev. of Information and Communication in Venice: Rethinking Early Modern Politics, by Filippo de Vivo. London Review of Books 30.11 (June 2008): 19-20.

Rev. of Crime and Justice in late Medieval Italy, by Trevor Dean. Canadian Journal of History xliii (2008): 281-2.

Rev. of Patrons and Adversaries, by Caroline Castiglione. Journal of Modern History 79.4 (December 2007): 630-2.

Rev. of The Culture of Cleanliness in Renaissance Italy, by Douglas Biow. Renaissance Quarterly (2007): 909-10.

Rev. of Papal Banking in Renaissance Rome: Benvenuto Olivieri and Paul III, 1534-1549, by Francesco Guidi Bruscoli. Sixteenth Century Journal 2007.

Rev. of Jewish Life in Early Modern Rome: Challenge, Conversion, and Private Life, by Kenneth Stow. Catholic Historical Review 2007.

Rev. of Machiavelli in Love, by Guido Ruggiero. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Rev. of Strange Histories: The trial of the pig, the walking dead, and other matters of fact from the medieval and Renaissance worlds, by Darren Oldridge. The Medieval Review 2005.

Rev. of Benvenuto Cellini: Sexuality, Masculinity, and Artistic Identity in Renaissance Italy, by Margaret A. Galucci. International Journal of the Classical Tradition 2005.

Rev. of Elizabeth & Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens, by Jane Dunn. Globe and Mail 3 April 2004: 18.

Rev. of Croiser le fer: violence et culture de l’ épée dans la France moderne (Xvuie-XVIIIe si ècle), by Pascal Brioist, Hervé Drevillon et Pierre Serra. Social History/ Histoire Sociale xxxvii.74 (May 2004): 98-100.

Rev. of Spanish Rome, by Thomas Dandelet. American Historical Review 108.1 (2003): 281-2.

Rev. of Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love, by Dava Dava Sobel. History of Intellectual Culture 3.1 (2003).

Rev. of Church, Censorship and Culture in Early Modern Italy, ed. Gigliola Fragnito. Quaderni dell’ italianistica 2001.

Rev. of Village Justice: Community, Family, and Popular Culture in Early Modern Italy, by Tomasso Astarita. American Historical Review (2001): 676-7.

Rev. of Women in the Streets, Samuel K. Cohen. Sixteenth Century Journal XXIX.2 (1998): 577-9.

Rev. of Renaissance Cardinals and their Worldly Problems, by D. S. Chambers. XXIX.2 (1998): 626-8.

'Worldly goods: A New History of the Renaissance.' Rev. of Reformation: Christianity and the World 1500-2000, ed. Lisa Jardine. Globe and Mail April 19, 1997: E10.

Rev. of Kriminalität in Rom: 1560-1585, by Peter Blastenbrei. Sixteenth Century Journal XXVII.3 (fall, 1996): 885-6.

Rev. of Binding Passions, by Guido Ruggiero. Journal of Social History (Spring 1995): 668-670.

Rev. of The War of the Fists, by Robert Davis. Journal of Social History (Spring, 1995): 704-6.

Rev. of Historia et Fabula: Myths and Legends in Historical Thought from Antiquity to the Modern Age, by Peter Bietenholz. Canadian Journal of History (December, 1995): 554-555.

Rev. of Mad Blood Stirring: Vendetta and Factions in Friuli during the Renaissance, by Edward Muir. Journal of Social History (1994): 881-3.

Rev. of The First Jesuits, by John O'Malley. American Historical Review Dec. 1994: 1676-7.

Rev. of A Cultural History of Gesture, ed. Jan Bremmer and Herman Roodenburg. Journal of Social History 26 (fall 1993): 145-6.

Rev. of Patronage and Institutions: Science, Technology, and Medicine at the European Court, 1500-1700, ed. Bruce T. Moran. Canadian Journal of History XXVII (1992): 402-3.

Rev. of Jerome Nadal, S.J., 1507-1580: Tracking the First Generation of Jesuits, ed. William Bangert and Thomas M. McCoog. Theological Studies 1993: 567-9.

Rev. of The Jews in Piedmont, ed. Renata Segre. Journal of Modern History 63.3 (September 1991): 582-4.

Rev. of The Renaissance in National Context, ed. Roy Porter. Canadian Journal of History XXVII (1992): 360-2.

Rev. of Law, Family and Women: Towards a Legal Anthropology of Renaissance Italy, by Thomas Kuehn. Journal of Social History 26 (Winter 1993): 389-91.

Rev. of Carlo Sigonio: The Changing World of the Late Renaissance, by William McCuaig. Canadian Journal of History xxv (1990): 406-7.

Rev. of Un pontificato ed una città: Sisto IV (1471-1484). Atti di convegno: Roma, 3-7 dicembre 1984, ed. Massimo Miglio, Francesca Nutta, Diego Quaglioni, and Concetta Fanieri. Renaissance and Reformation 1989.

Rev. of Schooling in Renaissance Italy: Literacy and Learning, 1300-1600, by Paul Grendler. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins 1989.

Rev. of The Memoir of Marco Parenti: A Life in Medici Florence, by Mark Phillips. The Globe and Mail 1987.

Rev. of Classi Poveri e Stratagie del Controllo Sociale nel Granducato di Toscana (1765-1790), by Simondi. Criminal Justice History 1986:196-9.

Rev. of Religious Practices and Collective Perceptions. Hidden Homologies in the Renaissance and the Reformation, by Lionel Rothkrug. Canadian Journal of History XIV.2 (1981): 394-296.

Rev. of Identifying People in the Past, by E. A. Wrigley. HAR/RAH 1973: 53-4.

Rev. of Pauvres et la Pauvreté, by M. Mollat. American Historical Review.

Forthcoming

with Germaine Warkentin, University of Toronto), guest editing "Things not easily believed: introducing the early modern relation," a collection of seven essays on The Relation or Relazione as a reportiorial genre, for Renaissance and Reformation, submitted in Jan 2011

Fosi, Irene. La giustizia del papa. Trans. Tom Cohen. Rome-Bari: Laterza, 2007; Catholic Universities Press of America, 2010. Forthcoming.


Teaching:

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/HIST1015 6.0  Michaelangelo's Rome, Pepys's London LECT Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2013-2014 AP/HUMA1125 9.0  Civilization of Medieval and Renaissance Europe LECT Course Website