Peter Riesenberg is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Washington University. He received his B.A. from Rutgers University, his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. from Columbia University and studied in Rome on two Fulbright Fellowships and a Cutting Fellowship from Columbia University.  Professor Riesenberg taught at both Swarthmore College and Rutgers before joining the history faculty at Washington University.  His colleague, Professor Emeritus Derek Hirst, commented, “His verve and enthusiasm over the many years were an important element in the department’s success.”  In 1992 he published Citizenship in the Western Tradition: Plato to Rousseau and in 1993 it was given the Annual Book Award from the Missouri Conference on History and in 1994 named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title.  His other publications include The Humanist as Citizen; Inalienability of Sovereignty in Medieval Political Thought; The Medieval Town and The History of Citizenship: Sparta to Washington.  Among his academic honors, Professor Riesenberg was named a Fulbright Scholar, a Social Science Research Council Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow, all in Italy, and a Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies.  He served on many university, community and national committees, including Board of Directors, American Civil Liberties Union; Washington University search committees for the Chancellor, for the Dean of the Libraries and for the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.  Professor Riesenberg chaired the Faculty Senate Council (three times) and the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences; he also served as faculty representative to the Board of Trustees, and in 2010, he served as the Honorary Grand Marshal for Commencement.  In retirement on the seacoast of Maine, he paints and exhibits his art, reads and has traveled widely.