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Meet the Author
After receiving his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, Thomas Noble taught at Albion College, Michigan State University, Texas Tech University, and the University of Virginia. In 1999 he received the University of Virginia's highest award for teaching excellence. In 2001 he became Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of The Republic of St. Peter: The Birth of the Papal State, 680-825; Religion, Culture and Society in the Early Middle Ages; Soldiers of Christ: Saints and Saints' Lives from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages; Images and the Carolingians: Tradition, Order, and Worship; and From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms. Noble's articles and reviews have appeared in many leading journals, including the American Historical Review, Byzantinische Zeitschrift, Catholic Historical Review, Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique, Speculum, and Studi medievali. He has also contributed chapters to several books and articles to three encyclopedias. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in 1994 and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in 1999-2000. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities (twice) and the American Philosophical Society. He was elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 2004.
Professor of history and Classics at Cornell University, Barry Strauss holds a Ph.D. from Yale. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the MacDowell Colony for the Arts, the Korea Foundation, and the Killam Foundation of Canada. He is the recipient of theClark Award for excellence in teaching from Cornell. He served as Director of Cornell's Peace Studies Program. His many publications include Athens After the Peloponnesian War: Class, Faction, and Policy, 403-386 B.C.; Fathers and Sons in Athens: Ideology and Society in the Era of the Peloponnesian War; The Anatomy of Error: Ancient Military Disasters and Their Lessons for Modern Strategists (with Josiah Ober); Hegemonic Rivalry from Thucydides to the Nuclear Age (co-edited with R. Ned Lebow); War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War (co-edited with David R. McCann); Rowing Against the Current: On Learning to Scull at Forty; The Battle of Salamis, the Naval Encounter That Saved Greece—and Western Civilization; and The Trojan War: A New History. His book The Battle of Salamis has been translated into five languages and was named one of the best books of 2004 by the Washington Post.
A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome with a Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Davis, Duane Osheim is department chair and professor of history at the University of Virginia. He is the author and editor of numerous books on the social and cultural history of late medieval and Renaissance Italy, including A Tuscan Monastery and Its Social World; An Italian Lordship: The Bishopric of Lucca in the Late Middle Ages; and Beyond Florence: The Contours of Medieval and Early Modern Italy. To appear shortly is Chronicling History: Chroniclers and Historians in Medieval and Renaissance Italy.
After receiving her Ph.D. from Brown University, Kristen Neuschel taught at Denison University and Duke University, where she is currently associate professor of history. She is a specialist in early modern French history and is the author of Word of Honor: Interpreting Noble Culture in Sixteenth-Century France and articles on French social history and European women's history. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has also received the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, which is awarded annually on the basis of student nominations for excellence in teaching at Duke.
William Cohen (of late) received his PhD from Stanford in 1968. His scholarly research focused on French Urbanization, and he was the author of The French Encounter with Africans: White Responses to Blacks, European Empire Building, Rulers of Empire, and Rober Delavignette and the French Empire, as well as numerous articles and reviews.