Professor Wolf is the John Sutton Miner
Professor of History and Classics at Pomona College, where he has
served for the past 25 years
in roles ranging from Chair of the History Department (1995-1998), to Associate
Dean of the College (2006-2009). During his tenure at
Pomona, he has been awarded the Wig Distinguished Professor Award for
Excellence in Teaching at Pomona College four times (1988, 1993, 1998, 2004).
In 2004, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to
study Medieval poverty Saints and their relation to the real poor.
Professor Kenneth Wolf received his Ph.D from
Stanford University where he completed a dissertation titled, "Christian
Martyrs in Muslim Spain: Eulogius of Cordoba and the Making of a Martyrs'. While Wolf initially began as a historian of early
medieval Spain, with an emphasis on Christian views of Islam and Latin
historiography, he subsequently applied both of these interests to Sicily and
One of his most controversial publications has been a critique of St.
Francis of Assisi and the kind of poverty-based sanctity that he personified (Oxford University Press, 2003). More recently, he has completed a
translation and study of the sources related to the female poverty saint,
Elizabeth of Thuringen (Oxford University Press, 2010). In total, he has
authored six books and several academic articles.
Wolf is currently preparing to redirect his attention back to the
Christian-Muslim interface in medieval Spain. Other research interests include
Saints and the idea of sanctity, medieval Christian ideas about poverty and
violence, and Medieval Europe.