Jerry H. Bentley is professor of history at the University of Hawaii and
editor of the Journal of World History. His research on the religious,
moral, and political writings of Renaissance humanists led to the
publication of Humanists and Holy Writ: New Testament Scholarship in the
Renaissance (Princeton, 1983) and Politics and Culture in Renaissance
Naples (Princeton, 1987). More recently, his research has concentrated on global history and particularly on processes of cross-cultural interaction. His book Old World Encounters: Cross-Cultural Contacts and Exchanges in Pre-Modern Times (New York, 1993) examines processes of cultural exchange and religious conversion before the modern era, and his
pamphlet Shapes of World History in Twentieth-Century Scholarship
(Washington, D.C., 1996) discusses the historiography of world history.
His current interests include processes of cross-cultural interaction and
cultural exchanges in modern times.