David Rutherford received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1988. He joined the faculty at CMU in 1991. He has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Villa I Tatti (1990) and the American Academy in Rome (1996).
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Professor Rutherford has published on Italian Renaissance humanists, in particular, on their return to the genre of invective laid out in the ancient rhetorical manuals. He is presently working on the history of reading and writing as reflected in the reception of Lactantius Firmianus (AD 250–325), examining the circulation and study of his works from the fourth through the seventeenth centuries.
Early Renaissance Invective and the Controversies of Antonio da Rho, Renaissance Text Series 19, MRTS 301 (Tempe, Arizona: Renaissance Society of America, 2005).
“Antonio da Rho on Patristic Authority: The Status of Lactantius,” in Auctoritas Patrum II: New Contributions on the Reception of the Church Fathers in the 15th and 16th Centuries, ed. L. Grane, A. Schindler, and M. Wriedt (Mainz: Philipp von Zabern, 1998), 171–86.
“Gratian’s Decretum as a Source of Patristic Knowledge in the Italian Renaissance: The Example of Timoteo Maffei’s In sanctam rusticitatem (1454),” in The Reception of the Church Fathers in the West: From the Carolingians to the Maurists, ed. Irena Backus (Leiden-New York-Cologne: Brill, 1997), 2:511–35.