Dr. Peter Iver Kaufman
Professor, George Matthews & Virginia Brinkley Modlin Chair in Leadership Studies

Dr. Peter Iver Kaufman studies the political cultures of late antique, medieval and early modern Europe and North Africa. He has written extensively on conflict and authority in Latin Christendom and on religion, politics and drama in Elizabethan England.

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 editor-in-chief of the journal Religions, and editor of Leadership and Elizabethan Culture and Religion Around, a new book series.

He is the author of numerous books and articles in journals such as Leadership and Journal of Late Antiquity.

Founder of the Scholars Latino Initiative, which has five chapters in North Carolina and Virginia, Dr. Kaufman also teaches and consults on immigration and education.

Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught history and religious studies, he came to the University of Richmond in 2008.

Selected Publications
Religion Around Shakespeare, Penn State University Press, 2013.
Leadership and Elizabethan Culture, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Incorrectly Political: Augustine and Thomas More, University of Notre Dame Press, 2007.
Thinking of the Laity in Late Tudor England, University of Notre Dame Press, 2004.
Prayer, Despair, Drama: Elizabethan Introspection, University of Illinois Press, 1996.
Redeeming Politics, Princeton University Press, 1990.
"Humility and Civility: Papal Leadership at the Turn of the Seventh Century," Leadership 8 (2012): 245-256.
"Hamlet's Religions," Religions 2 (2011): 427-448.
"Christian Realism and Augustinian Liberalism," Journal of Religious Ethics 38 (2010): 699-724.
"Authenticity, Asceticism, and the Constant 'Inconstancie' of Elizabethan Character," Performance and Authenticity in the Arts (2010): 49-65.

"Augustine and Corruption,” History of Political Thought (2009): 46-59.

"Donatism Revisited; Moderates and Militants in Late Antique North Africa," Journal of Late Antiquity 1 (2009): 131-142.
"Augustine's Dystopia," Cambridge Companion to "The City of God," 2012. 55-73.

Ph.D., University of Chicago 1975
M.A., University of Chicago 1973
M.Div., Chicago Theological Seminary 1971
B.A., Trinity College 1968
Contact Information
(804) 289-8003
(804) 287-6062 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Social Justice and Immigration Policy
Religious Leadership
Popular Religion
Political Culture (Late Antiquity through Early Modern Period)