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Faculty Bio

Kuehn, Thomas J.

Kuehn, Thomas J.


Office: 126A Hardin Hall
Phone: (864) 656-5361
Web Site:

Ph.D., University of Chicago (1977)

Professor Kuehn, who came to Clemson in 1981, is the department chair. He teaches courses in the Renaissance, the Reformation, and Medieval History, and is a specialist in the legal and social culture of Renaissance Italy. His books include Illegitimacy in Renaissance Florence (2002), Law, Family, and Women (1991), and an edited collection, Time, Space, and Women’s Lives in Early Modern Europe (2001).

In 2003, Professor Kuehn was awarded with a prestigious fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which he used to study repudiated inheritances in Renaissance Florence. His most recent book is Heirs, Kin, and Creditors in Renaissance Florence (2008), which was recently awarded the American Historical Association annual "Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize" for the best work in any epoch of Italian history, Italian cultural history, or Italian-American relations.

For Dr. Kuehn’s course syllabi, curriculum vitae, and other useful resources, please visit his webpage at

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Heirs, Kin, and Creditors in Renaissance Florence. Cambridge University Press, 2011.

A Renaissance of Conflicts: Visions and Revisions of Law and Society in Italy and Spain Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, 2004.

Illegitimacy in Renaissance Florence. University of Michigan Press, 2002.

Time, Space and Women’s Lives in Early Modern Europe. Truman State Univ Press, 2001.

Law, Family, and Women: Toward a Legal Anthropology of Renaissance Italy  ( 1991).

Emancipation in Late Medieval Florence (1982)