Department of History and Philosophy

Paul Dover

Associate Professor of History

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 4108
Email: pdover@kennesaw.edu
Phone: 470-578-6728


Profile

Dr. Dover, who joined the KSU faculty in 2005, is a historian of Europe and the Mediterranean world in the late medieval and early modern periods. An enthusiastic teacher who relishes exploring period texts and the discipline of history with his students, he routinely teaches surveys of world and European history, Origins of Great Traditions, senior research seminars, and specialized courses in topics like Machiavelli and the history of information. He also regularly teaches a course on historiography - his recently published textbook The Changing Face of the Past: an Introduction to Western Historiography (Cognella, 2014) stems from his experience teaching this course. Dr. Dover’s research interests focus on the political, diplomatic and cultural history of Europe in the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. He has published articles in journals as varied as Mediterranean Studies, The Journal of Early Modern History, Renaissance and Reformation, The Journal of Urban History, Archival Studies, and The International Journal of the Classical Tradition. One thrust of his research focuses on diplomacy and international politics in the Renaissance. He contributed a chapter on diplomacy to the Oxford Handbook of Early Modern History (2015; ed. Hamish Scott) and is the editor of, and contributor to, Secretaries and Statecraft in the Early Modern World (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), a study of the role of secretaries, chancellors and favorites in early modern Eurasian diplomacy.

Professor Dover has also written on the related "early modern information revolution," tracing the changing attitudes and practices of Europeans toward information acquisition, storage and management. On this topic he is currently working on a manuscript entitled The Information Revolution of Early Modern Europe, under contract with Cambridge University Press.

A third area of publication has been the reception and publication history in the Renaissance of works of classical geography, in particular the Polyhistor of Caius Julius Solinus – most recently in “How Heinrich Bullinger read his Solinus. Reading ancient geography in 16th-century Switzerland” in K. Brodersen, ed. Solinus: New Studies (Verlag Antike, 2014). He has also recently written an article on the Aldine Dante (1502) housed at KSU's own Bentley Rare Book Library.

In 2015, Dr. Dover won two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The first funded the development of an original, interdisciplinary course on the question “what is the relationship between the past and present?”, as part of the NEH’s Enduring Questions program. The second was a long-term research fellowship for 2015-6 at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, where Dr. Dover researched The Information Revolution.

Prior to coming to KSU, Dr. Dover taught at the University of the South in Tennessee and at Georgian Court University in New Jersey. He lives in downtown Atlanta.

Education

Ph.D., Yale University
B.A., Yale College