Dr. Glenn Kumhera joined Penn State Behrend in 2011. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and a B.A. from Ohio University. He has taught previously at Ashland University, the University of the South, Middlebury College, and the University of Akron.
Dr. Kumhera’s interests cover the Mediterranean and Europe from the ancient world through the Renaissance and range from intellectual and political history to issues of how people structured their daily lives. In particular he studies the history of violence and conflict resolution, investigating the roles violence played in the construction and perception of gender and class identities, and examining how the prevention of violence contributed to the development of criminal justice systems and the state.
Dr. Kumhera has published an essay on peacemaking legislation in War and Peace: Critical Issues in European Societies and Literature, 800-1800 (Berlin: de Gruyter, September 2011). He is currently completing an article on medieval Roman peacemaking rituals and recently received a Renaissance Society of America grant to study amnesties granted to criminals in fourteenth-century Italy.