Professor of History, University of Toronto, Emeritus
Department of History
University of Toronto
Paul Grendler is one of the most distinguished living scholars of the Renaissance. He received his Ph. D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1964, then taught at the University of Toronto, becoming professor emeritus of history in 1998. He is the author of nine books and editor of two more. The Roman Inquisition and the Venetian Press, 1540-1605 (1977), a pioneering study, is viewed as a classic. His most influential work is Schooling in Renaissance Italy (1989), which explains the origins of the humanities curriculum in the Western world. His most recent books are The European Renaissance in American Life (2006), which surveys with humor the popularity of the Renaissance in America, and The University of Mantua, the Gonzaga, and the Jesuits, 1584-1630 (2009). Paul Grendler was editor in chief of The Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, 6 volumes (1999), and The Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students, 4 vols. (2004). His books have won five prizes plus a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Italian Historical Studies. Dr. Grendler has been president of the American Catholic Historical Association, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Society for Italian Historical Studies, and has received may fellowships. He was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2002.