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David E. Baum

Professor David Baum

Faculty in History


Hall College Center

Academic Program Affiliation(s)

Social Studies, History

Areas of Specialization

  • Renaissance and modern Italy


Research Interests: Renaissance intellectual history; Italian Fascism; American popular culture; modern Middle East

Teaching Interests: European history; Italian history; French Revolution; American intellectual history; modern Middle East

Favorite/Regular Courses Offered

  • Ottoman History
  • Fascism
  • US History


PhD in European History, Yale University

David Baum has taught at NYU, Skidmore College, Union College, The American University in Iraq - Sulaimani, and West Texas A&M University. He was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Remnant Trust in Louisville, KY, and Head Master at Tempe Preparatory Academy. He started teaching at Simon's Rock in 2016.


  • Two NEH Summer Institutes
  • Advanced Study in England Grant
  • Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento Research Grant
  • Several articles on the Italian Renaissance, Italian Fascism and US Intellectual history, including “Race, Antisemitism and the Renaissance,” in Hebraic Aspects of the Renaissance
  • Director of West Texas A&M University's Great Books program
  • Currently working on a book-length manuscript entitled Fascism and the Italian Renaissance