class of 1955
inducted in 1987
Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C., of which Dr. Gundersheimer is
director, is one of the principal research centers in the world for the study
of 16th and 17th century Western Civilization. It is especially rich in
materials relating to English Renaissance drama, literature and history. Dr Gundersheimer's major field is Europe: 1300-1600, with special emphasis on
Italian and French intellectual, social and urban history.
Dr. Gundersheimer is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard University. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, Swarthmore College and Tel Aviv University and presently lectures at several
universities and colleges. He is the author of several books, articles and
reviews pertaining to his areas of interest. He has received various honors,
awards, fellowships and grants including the Star of Italian Solidarity (Cavaliere della Stella Solidarieta Italiana) conferred
by the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Italy, 1974. He is listed in Who's
Who in America and the Directory of American Scholars.
Gundersheimer's other activities include:
Board Member, Rosenbach Museum and Library
Council of the Renaissance Society of America
Executive Council, American Jewish Historical Society
Board of Trustees, British Institute of America
Board of Trustees, The Medici Foundation.
Dr. Gundersheimer is a consultant to various
professional presses, journals, the Educational Testing Service and the
National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a member of various professional
organizations and has addressed or chaired numerous conferences. He is
married to the former Karen Rosenwald, an
illustrator and writer of children's books, and has two sons.