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Donald Prudlo

Donald S. Prudlo

Associate Professor
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.

Dr. Prudlo authored The Martyred Inquisitor: The Life and Cult of Peter of Verona (1252) and edited The Origin, Development, and Refinement of Medieval Religious Mendicancies. He has also published several articles and chapters such as: "Scripture and Theology in Early Modern Catholicism" in Christian Theologies of Scripture (New York University Press, 2006), and "The Assassin Saint: The Life and Cult of Carino of Balsamo," in 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. He is finishing a new book that attempts to connect social, cultural, and intellectual history in the development of papal canonization of saints. His next book on the History of the Early Dominican Order, will be forthcoming from Catholic University of America Press.

Dr. Prudlo has served on or chaired several University committees, and has been the recipient of a number of grants and awards. He was recognized as the 2009 Faculty Scholar Lecturer Award for top researcher, and won several departmental "professor of the year" honors. He leads JSU students to Rome for study in alternating May terms. Dr. Prudlo has also served as an historical consultant for Vatican Radio, 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.


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