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The Charles Singleton Center for the Study of Pre-Modern Europe
The Johns Hopkins University
Gilman Hall 301
Baltimore, MD 21218

Lawrence Principe

Phone (410) 516-5296
Fax (410) 516-7586

Christopher Celenza

Christopher Celenza 

Co-director, Singleton Center
Charles Homer Haskins Professor, Classics and German and Romance Languages and Literatures
Vice Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: Wyman N619
Phone: (410) 516-7972

Curriculum Vitae

Christopher Celenza holds the Charles Homer Haskins Professorship in the Krieger School’s Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures and currently serves as chair of the Department of Classics, where he has a joint appointment. Celenza is the recipient of two doctoral degrees—a PhD in history from Duke University and a DrPhil in classics and neo-Latin literature from the University of Hamburg. He came to Johns Hopkins in 2005, after teaching for nine years in the Department of History at Michigan State University.

Celenza is the author or editor of seven books and more than 40 scholarly articles or book chapters in the fields of Italian Renaissance history, post-classical Latin literature and philosophy, and the history of classical scholarship. An Italian translation and a revised, expanded edition of his prize-winning book The Lost Italian Renaissance was published in 2014. His most recent book,Machiavelli: A Portrait, was published by Harvard University Press in 2015.

Celenza has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, Villa I Tatti, the American Academy in Rome, and the Fulbright Foundation. He served as the 21st director of the American Academy in Rome from 2010 to 2014, when he was on leave from Johns Hopkins.

As vice dean, Celenza serves as a liaison with the chairs of all humanities and social science departments, assisting in faculty hiring and retention, and support the dean in furthering the mission of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.


Single-Authored Books

Machiavelli: A Portrait (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2015), 240 pp.

The Lost Italian Renaissance: Humanists, Historians, and Latin’s Legacy (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), xx + 210 pp.

Winner of the Renaissance Society of America’s 2005 Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize.  CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2006. Paperback ed., 2006.   Italian translation (and revised, expanded edition), Il Rinascimento perduto: La letteratura latina nella cultura italiana del Quattrocento (Rome: Carrocci, 2014), 274pp.

Piety and Pythagoras in Renaissance Florence: The Symbolum Nesianum, Studies in the History of Christian Thought, 101 (Leiden, Boston, and Cologne: Brill, 2001), x + 238 pp.

Renaissance Humanism and the Papal Curia: Lapo da Castiglionchio the Younger’s De curiae commodis, Papers and Monographs of the American Academy in Rome, 31 (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999), xiv + 244 pp.

Edited Books

(co-editor, with Patrick Baker) Salvatore I. Camporeale, Christianity, Latinity, and Culture: Two Studies on Lorenzo Valla, tr. Patrick Baker, ed. Patrick Baker and Christopher S. Celenza (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 329pp.

(editor) Angelo Poliziano’s Lamia in Context: Text, Translation, and Introductory Studies (Leiden: Brill, 2010), xiv + 274 pp.

(co-editor, with Kenneth Gouwens) Humanism and Creativity: Essays in Honor of Ronald G. Witt (Leiden: Brill, 2006), xvi + 416 pp.