Thompson, Augustine 1954–

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Thompson, Augustine 1954–

PERSONAL:

Born July 21, 1954. Education: Johns Hopkins University, B.A. (history), 1976, M.A., 1976; Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, B.A. (philosophy), 1980, M.Div., 1985; University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., 1988.

ADDRESSES:

Office—University of Virginia, Department of Religious Studies, P.O. Box 400126, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4126. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Academic and historian. Order of Preachers (Dominicans, a Roman Catholic religious order), member, beginning 1977; ordained as a Roman Catholic priest, 1985; University of Oregon, taught in the religious studies department, 1989-99, department chair, 1995-99; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, professor of religious studies and history, 2006—.

AWARDS, HONORS:

Howard R. Marraro Prize for best book in Italian history, American Catholic Historical Association, 2005, for Cities of God: The Religion of the Italian Communes, 1125-1325; Master of Sacred Theology (honorary degree), Dominican Order, 2007.

WRITINGS:

Revival Preachers and Politics in Thirteenth-Century Italy: The Great Devotion of 1233, Clarendon Press (New York, NY), 1992.

(Translator) Gratian, The Treatise on Laws: (Decretum DD. 1-20), Ordinary gloss translated by James Gordley, introduced by Katherine Christensen, Catholic University of America Press (Washington, DC), 1993.

Cities of God: The Religion of the Italian Communes, 1125-1325, Pennsylvania State University Press (University Park, PA), 2005.

Contributor to periodicals and academic journals, including Nova et Vetera, Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum, Studia Canonica, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Angelicum, Church History, Cîteaux, and English Language Notes.

SIDELIGHTS:

Augustine Thompson is an academic and historian. Born on July 21, 1954, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1976 from Johns Hopkins University. That same year he also completed a master of arts degree from the same university. Thompson then undertook studies at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. He earned a second bachelor of arts degree, this time in philosophy, in 1980 and went on to complete a master of divinity in 1985. Thompson completed his higher education with a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in 1988. Thompson eventually became an associate professor of religious studies and history at the University of Virginia.

Thompson published his first book, Revival Preachers and Politics in Thirteenth-Century Italy: The Great Devotion of 1233, in 1992. He then translated Gratian's The Treatise on Laws: (Decretum DD. 1-20) in 1993. That account also contained an introduction by Katherine Christensen and its Ordinary gloss was translated by James Gordley. In 2005 Thompson published Cities of God: The Religion of the Italian Communes, 1125-1325. Thompson contributes to a number of periodicals and academic journals, including Nova et Vetera, Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum, Studia Canonica, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Angelicum, Church History, Cîteaux, and English Language Notes.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

ONLINE

University of Religious Studies, University of Virginia Web site,http://www.virginia.edu/religiousstudies/ (May 17, 2008), author profile.

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