Dr. Glenn Kumhera joined Penn State Behrend in 2011. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and a B.A. from Ohio University. He has taught previously at Ashland University, the University of the South, Middlebury College, and the University of Akron.
Dr. Kumhera’s interests cover the Mediterranean and Europe from the ancient world through the Renaissance and range from intellectual and political history to issues of how people structured their daily lives. In particular he studies the history of violence and conflict resolution, investigating the roles violence played in the construction and perception of gender and class identities, and examining how the prevention of violence contributed to the development of criminal justice systems and the state.
Dr. Kumhera has researched extensively on peacemaking and his comprehensive study of peacemaking between individuals involved in disputes and crimes in late medieval Italy, The Benefits of Peace: Private Peacemaking in Late Medieval Italy (Leiden: Brill), will be published in April 2017. He is currently writing on the history of torture and researching the practice of granting amnesties to criminals in fourteenth-century Italy.
The Benefits of Peace: Private Peacemaking in Late Medieval Italy (Leiden: Brill, 2017).
PARTS OF BOOKS
"Promoting Peace in Medieval Siena: Peacemaking Legislation and Its Effects." War and Peace: Critical Issues in European Societies and Literature, 800–1800. Eds. Nadia Margolis and Albrecht Classen. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2011. 333–348.
Rev. of Medieval Public Justice, by Massimo Vallerani. Renaissance Quarterly, 66.1 (Spring 2013): 241-242.
Rev. of Crime and Justice in Late Medieval Italy, by Trevor Dean. Renaissance Quarterly, 61.2 (Summer 2008): 519–520.
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