Donald S. Prudlo

Donald S. Prudlo


Ancient and Medieval History

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Dr. Prudlo graduated with a B.A. in History (minor in Classics) from Christendom College (1999), he received his M.A. in Theological Studies from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College (1999) and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia (2004). Dr. Prudlo currently teaches Ancient, Medieval, and Reformation History at JSU, as well as both halves of Western Civilization.

His current research interests include hagiography and saints' lives, medieval miracle stories, Church History, and the development of canonization. His specialization is in medieval religious history and medieval Italy.

Most recently he has written Certain Sainthood: Canonization and the Origins of Papal Infallibility in the Medieval Church published by Cornell University Press. Dr. Prudlo has also authored The Martyred Inquisitor: The Life and Cult of Peter of Verona (1252) and edited The Origin, Development, and Refinement of Medieval Religious Mendicancies and the Brill Companion to Heresy Inquisitions. He has also published many articles and chapters, including various essays on SacramentsScripture, and Justification in the Christian Theologies Series from New York University Press, and "The Assassin Saint: The Life and Cult of Carino of Balsamo," in The Catholic Historical Review. He is working on editions of several medieval liturgical and hagiographic texts including Hugh of St. Cher's Speculum Ecclesiae and Peter of Verona's Summa contra Hereticos, and is coauthoring a study and translation of the life of St. Omobono of Cremona. His next book on the history of the early Dominican Order will be forthcoming from Catholic University of America Press.  He has also been commissioned to write a new biography of Thomas Aquinas for Paulist Press.

Dr. Prudlo has served on or chaired several University committees, and has been the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the American Academy of Religion, the Mellon Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, and the Earhart Foundation. He was recognized as the 2009 Faculty Scholar Lecturer Award for top researcher, and won several departmental "professor of the year" honors.  Dr. Prudlo coordinated the annual Antigone lecture series at JSU.  He also lead JSU students to Rome for eleven years. Dr. Prudlo has served as an historical consultant for Vatican Radio, CNN, Zenit, Crisis Magazine, the New York Times, The Atlantic, and NBC. He regularly travels to Rome to offer commentary for Vatican Radio on papal canonizations.  He regularly researches at the Vatican Library, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, and the Biblioteca Nazionale in Florence.


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