Duane J. Osheim

Professor Emeritus

Field & Specialties

Medieval and Renaissance Europe


B.A. Luther 1964
M.A. Nebraska, Lincoln 1967
Ph.D. California, Davis 1973


Publications, Awards, and Activities

"Plague Surveillance in Early Modern Venice," Mediterranean Historical Review 26 ( 2011).

'Politics and Public Health in Renaissance Venice,' Ritratti: La dimensione individuale nella storia (secoli xv-xx), festschrift for Anne Jacobson Schutte, edited by Silvana Seidel Menchi and Robert A. Pierce (Rome, 2009).

co-editor, Chronicling History: Choniclers and Historians in Medieval and Renaissance Italy. Penn State, 2008.

"Chonicles and Civic Live in Giovanni Sercambi's Lucca. In Chonicling History. Penn State, 2008

co-editor, Beyond Florence: The Contours of Medieval and Renaissance Italy. Stanford, 2003.

"The Country Parish in Late Medieval Tuscany," in Beyond Florence. Stanford, 2003.

A Tuscan Monastery and Its Social World, San Michele of Guamo (1156-1348). UCLA Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Italia Sacra, 1990.

An Italian Lordship: the Bishopric of Lucca in the Late Middle Ages. University of California Press, 1977.

"The Place of Women in the Late Medieval Italian Church," in That Gentle Strength (University Press of Virginia, 1990).

"Benedictines and the Laity in Late Medieval Italy," Monks, Nuns and Friars in Medieval Society, Sewanee Medieval Studies, 4. University of the South, 1990.

"Countrymen and the Law in Late-Medieval Tuscany," Speculum, April 1989.

"Sentimenti religiosi dei Lucchesi al tempo di Castruccio," Castruccio Castracane e il suo tempo (1987).

"Conversion, Conversi and the Christian Life in Late-Medieval Tuscany," Speculum (1983).

"Rural Population and the Tuscan Economy in the Late Middle Ages," Viator (1976).

Fulbright Fellowship, 1987.

Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge, 1986-87.

American Council of Learned Societies Grant, 1980-81.

Rome Prize Fellowship in Post-Classical Humanistic Studies, American Academy in Rome, 1974-76.

Prize of the Society for Italian Historical Studies for the best unpublished manuscript by a young scholar for 1974.

Current Research

My research is concentrated on the social and institutional history of Europe in the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. I am presently studying the response to epidemic disease in Renaissance Europe and the rural institutions of late Medieval Italy.