The Folger 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.

Dr. 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.

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