David C. Albertson

Visiting Scholar (Apr 2022-Jul 2022)

David Albertson is Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After finishing degrees at Stanford University and the University of Chicago, Albertson studied at the Thomas-Institut für mittelalterliche Philosophie at the Universität zu Köln before joining the faculty of USC in 2007. He is the author of Mathematical Theologies: Nicholas of Cusa and the Legacy of Thierry of Chartres (Oxford University Press, 2014), which won the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award from the Universität Heidelberg. He is the co-editor of Without Nature? A New Condition for Theology (Fordham University Press, 2009) and has published more than twenty articles on medieval theology and philosophy. Albertson’s research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and The Huntington Library. He is the past president of the American Cusanus Society and serves on the Wissenschaftliche Beirat of the Cusanus-Gesellschaft. Albertson has two books forthcoming: an edited volume on the modern reception of Nicholas of Cusa, and a monograph on the role of geometry in ancient Christian contemplation.



  • Mathematical Theologies: Nicholas of Cusa and the Legacy of Thierry of Chartres (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), xiv + 483pp.

  • Co-Editor, with Cabell H. King, Without Nature? A New Condition for Theology (New York: Fordham University Press, 2009), viii + 469pp.

  • Boethius Noster: Thierry of Chartres’s Arithmetica Commentary as a Missing Source of Nicholas of Cusa’s De docta ignorantia.” Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie médiévales 83/1 (2016): 143-199.

  • “Achard of St. Victor (d. 1171) and the Eclipse of the Arithmetic Model of the Trinity.” Traditio 67 (2012): 101-144.

  • “Latin Christian Neopythagorean Theology: A Speculative Summa.” Companion to the Reception of Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, eds. Irene Caiazzo, Constantinos Macris, and Aurélien Robert (Leiden: Brill, 2021), pp. 373-414


Figures of the Invisible: Geometrical Icons in Renaissance Christian Humanism, 1300–1600


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David C. Albertson to join the Institute as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow