McNeil, David

McNeil, David

Date Updated




Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU

2005 (FERP 2005­-2006)

Educational Background

Antioch College, 1965, B.A.

Université de Besançon, 1964, N/A

Stanford University, 1966, M.A.

Stanford University, 1972, Ph.D.

Teaching Experience

SJSU History Dept., mainly European intellectual history, 1970-2004

SJSU Humanities Dept., European Civilization Survey, 1974-1996

Stanford University, "Undergraduate Special" courses, 1969-1970

Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, Italy (Visiting Professor), 1994-1995

Administrative and Professional Experience

SJSU Dept. of History, Chair, 1999­-2002

SJSU Academic Senate, 1984-­2006 (Chair 1981-­82)

CSU International Programs, Resident Director (France), 1983-­84

CSU Academic Senate, Chair, 2004­-05

Public Communicators, Inc., President, 1974­-1995

Reginald A. Fessenden Educational Fund, Board, 1995 to present

Tuolumne Country Amateur Radio and Electronics Society, 2013 to present

Selected Publications

Guillaume Budé and Humanism in the Reign of Francis I, Geneva, Librairie Droz, 1975.

"Plague and social attitudes in Renaissance Florence," in The Regulation of Evil: Social and Cultural Attitudes to Epidemics in the Late Middle Ages [Micrologus' Library, vol. 2], Agostino Paravicini Bagliani and Francesco Santi, eds., Sismel/Edizioni del Galluzzo [Galluzzo, Italy], 1998, pp. 137­-144.

Review/discussion of Gilbert Gadoffre, La révolution culturelle dans la France des humanists: Guillaume Budé et François Ier. Sixteenth Century Journal xxx/1 (1999), pp. 20-­21.

Personal Commentary

I was raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, by two university professors. For Antioch College's "co­op" jobs I worked at a New York hospital, an Ohio newspaper, Unesco in Paris, and community development and archeology projects in Greece. Before starting graduate work at Stanford, I worked at an archeological site in Germany. My strong interest in Europe led me to the study of Renaissance history and dissertation research in Paris (1968-69). I continued my study and research in Europe on many sabbaticals, with many séjours in Paris and two years in Florence. In addition to renewed activity as an amateur radio operator, I enjoy San Francisco and its ethnic cuisines, as well as stimulating travel abroad (in recent years I have visited France, Spain, Greece, Bhutan, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Iran).


McNeil, David