James Hankins
Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer

Renaissance intellectual history. Main research interests are the history of Renaissance political thought, history of philosophy, and history of the classical tradition. Founder and General Editor of the I Tatti Renaissance Library (Harvard University Press) and Associate Editor of the Catalogus Translationum and Commentariorum (Union Academique Internationale). Currently working on a history of philosophical religions in the Renaissance and a book on Leonardo Bruni and Renaissance republicanism.

Selected Publications

(links to more publications available on DASH)

  • The Rebirth of Platonic Theology, ed. James Hankins and Fabrizio Meroi (Florence: Olschki, 2013)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy (editor) Cambridge University Press (2007)
  • Marsilio Ficino: Platonic Theology, 6 vols. (editor) Harvard University Press (2001-2006)
  • Leonardo Bruni: History of Florence, 3 vols. (editor and translator) Harvard University Press (2001-2007)
  • Humanism and Platonism in the Italian Renaissance, 2 vols. Rome: Edizioni di storia e letteratura (2000)
  • Renaissance Civic Humanism: Reappraisals and Reflections (editor) Cambridge University Press
  • Plato in the Italian Renaissance, 2 vols. Brill (1990)
  • The Recovery of Ancient Philosophy in the Renaissance: A Brief Guide (with Ada Palmer) Florence: Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento (2007)


James Hankins

Position: Professor of HIstory

Field: Early Modern Europe

Specialty: Renaissance intellectual history; history of political thought, history of philosophy, and history of the classical tradition

Fall 2013:
-History 13a: The European Enlightenment
- History 1300: Western Intellectual History: Greco-Roman Antiquity

Spring 2014: On Leave

Contact Info

Robinson Hall

Room M-02

35 Quincy Street

Cambridge, MA 02138



On leave spring term