Irven M. Resnick(Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1983) is Professor and Chair of Excellence in the department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is the author, editor, or translator of nineteen volumes, including Power, Penance, and Possibility in St. Peter Damian's De divina omnipotentia (1992); Marks of Distinction: Christian Perceptions of Jews in the High Middle Ages (2012); and, with Kenneth Kitchell, Albertus Magnusand the World of Nature (in press). His published translations from Latin include: Two Theological Treatises of Odo of Tournai: On Original Sin, and a Debate with the Jew, Leo, Concerning the Advent of Christ, the Son of God (1994); The Letters of Peter Damian, 121-150 (2004); The Letters of Peter Damian, 151-180 (2005); Petrus Alfonsi’s Dialogue Against the Jews (2006); Albert the Great’s On the Causes of the Properties of the Elements (Liber de causis proprietatum elementorum) (2010); Peter the Venerable’s Against the Inveterate Obduracy of the Jews (2013); Peter the Venerable’s Writings Against the Saracens (2016); and, with Franklin Harkins, Albert the Great, On Resurrection (2020). In collaboration with Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr. he has translated Albertus Magnus On Animals. A Medieval Summa Zoologica, 2 vols. (1999; 2nd rev. ed. 2018); and, Albert the Great’s Questions Concerning Aristotle’s ‘On Animals’ (2008) They also have published Albert the Great: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography (1900-2000) (2004) and Albertus Magnus and the World of Nature (in press).
Kenneth F. Kitchell Jr. (Ph.D., Loyola University, 1977) is a retired Professor of Classics from Louisiana State University (1976-1998) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (1998-2014). In addition to the works and translations co-authored with Professor Resnick (above) his work centers on animals and animal lore from antiquity through the Middle Ages. He is the author of 79 scholarly articles and chapters and author or co-author of sixteen books, most notably for the matter at hand: The Other Middle Ages: An Alternative Medieval Latin Reader, (2016); Animals in the Ancient World A-Z (2014), chosen as a CHOICE Magazine Outstanding Academic Title for 2014; translation and annotation of A Trilogy on the Herpetology of Linnaeus's Systema Naturae X, with Prof. H. Dundee, Smithsonian Herpetological Service 100 (1994). He is co-founder of Zoa: Animals in Greco-Roman Antiquity, a Facebook-based discussion group with ca. 550 members.