Peter Iver Kaufman studies the political cultures of late antique, medieval, and early modern Europe and North Africa. He has written nine books, the last of which, Augustine's Leaders, is scheduled to appear in December 2016. He is the author of more than 40 articles on authority, religious conflict, and literary history, which have appeared in, among other journals, Leadership and the Humanities, Journal of Late Antiquity, Harvard Theological Review, Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, and Journal of the American Academy of Religion. He is editor-in-chief of Religions and editor of a series of monographs on the religion around iconic figures from Dante and Dürer to Virginia Woolf, Billie Holiday, and Bob Dylan. He has also edited five books, ranging from studies of charisma to others on leadership and Elizabethan culture.
He teaches courses such as the introductory leadership studies course Leadership and the Humanities and Justice and Civil Society, as well as advanced courses on political, cultural and religious leaders in late antiquity and early modern Europe.
Dr. Kaufman is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he taught in the departments of history and religious studies and where, in 2003, he founded the Scholars Latino Initiative (SLI-NC). SLI now has additional chapters in Harrisonburg, Winchester, and Richmond Virginia. Kaufman is director of SLI-VA.
"Augustine and Corruption,” History of Political Thought (2009): 46-59.
“The Protestant Opposition or Elizabethan Religious Reform,” Blackwell Companion to Tudor Britain (2009).
“Authenticity, Asceticism, and the Constant ‘Inconstancie’ of Elizabethan Character,” Performance and Authenticity in the Arts: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and the Arts (2010).
Political Culture (Late Antiquity through Early Modern Period)