Douglas G Biow
Director, Center for European Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Director, France-UT Institute
Phone: +1 512 471 7267
Douglas Biow is the Superior Oil Company-Linward Shivers Centennial Professor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Director of the Center for European Studies and the France-UT Institute. Currently, he is working on a short book which examines Vasari's "Lives" as a history of ideas, as well as two other book projects: The first is on the history of the individual in European thought, and the second is an edited volume devoted to sociable spaces, beyond the court, in Renaissance Italy.
Biow has authored a number of articles and five books: "Mirabile Dictu: Representations of the Marvelous in Medieval and Renaissance Italy" (Michigan, 1996); "Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries: Humanism and Professions in Renaissance Italy" (Chicago, 2002); "The Culture of Cleanliness in Renaissance Italy" (Cornell, 2006); "In Your Face: Professional Improprieities and the Art of Being Conspicuous" (Stanford, 2010); and most recently, "On the Importance of Being an Individual: Men, Their Professions, and Their Beards" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). He has been the recipient of a number of scholarly awards, including NEH, Delmas, and Guggenheim Fellowships.