Associate Professor of History
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About Me




Ph.D. in European History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Primary Fields: Early Modern Europe, Renaissance and Reformation, Social History
Secondary Field: Medieval Europe
Dissertation: “Reforming the Family: Marriage, Gender and the Lutheran Household in Early Modern Germany, 1500-1620”
Advisor:  H. C. Erik Midelfort
Committee: Carlos Eire, Duane Osheim, Lawrence Goedde


M.A. in  European History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Master’s Thesis: “‘Vera Famiglia’: Familial Images in the Letters of Catherine of Siena”
Advisor: Duane J. Osheim


B.A. in History and English, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Cum laude with Highest Distinction in History
Honors Thesis: “Across the Round Table: A Vision of Kingship in the Middle Ages”



Professor of History, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
-Affiliated Faculty, Religious Studies, Western Kentucky University (2011-)

2009-2015 Associate Professor, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY


Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY


Assistant Professor, University of Maryland University College, Schwäbisch Gmünd (Germany)—University closed on June 30, 2002


Assistant Professor, Wingate University, Wingate, NC


Visiting Assistant Professor, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC


Western and World Civilization, Renaissance/Reformation, Early Modern Europe, History of Germany, 1450-1648, Early Modern Cultural and Social History, Gender in Pre-Modern Europe, Family, Sex and Marriage in Early Modern Europe, Early Modern Crime and Punishment



Priest's Whore to Pastor's Wife: Clerical Marriage and the Process of Reform in the Early German Reformation. St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2012). (Amazon) Awarded Gerald Strauss Book Prize 2013.

Editor (with Robin Barnes), Ideas and Cultural Margins in Early Modern Germany: Essays in Honor of H.C. Erik Midelfort. Aldershot, Hambleton: Ashgate Publishing, 2009.


Persona non grata: Former Nuns, Property Disputes, and the Female Defence of Marriage in the German Reformation.” In Politics, Gender and Belief: The Long-Term Impact of the Reformation. Essays in Memory of Robert M. Kingdon,edited by Amy Burnett, Kathleen Comerford, and Karin Maag, 209-236. Geneva: Droz Publishing, 2015.

“‘Nothing More than Common Whores and Knaves’: Married Monks and Nuns in the Early German Reformation.” In Mixed Matches: Transgressive Unions in Early Modern Germany, edited by David Luebke and Mary Lindemann. Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association. Oxford: Berghahn Books, forthcoming..

“‘The Much Married Michael Kramer’: Evangelical Clergy and Bigamy in Ernestine Saxony, 1522-1542.” In Ideas and Cultural Margins in Early Modern Germany: Essays in Honor of H.C. Erik Midelfort, edited by Marjorie E. Plummer and Robin Barnes, 99-115. .Aldershot, Hambleton: Ashgate Publishing, 2009.

“‘Partner in his Calamities’: Pastors’ Wives, Married Nuns and the Experience of Clerical Marriage in the Early German Reformation,” Gender & History 20.2 (2008), 207-227.

“Clerical Marriage and Territorial Reformation in Ernestine Saxony and the Diocese of Merseburg in 1522-1524,” Archive for Reformation History 98  (2007): 45-70.


“Neither Nun nor Laywoman: Entering Lutheran Convents during the Reformation of Female Religious Communities in the Duchy of Braunschweig, 1542-1634.” In Without Solemn Vows: Devout Laywomen before and after Trent,edited by Alison Weber. Farnham, U.K: Ashgate Publishing, 2016 (Manuscript accepted).

“Prison Tales: The Miraculous Escape of Stephen Agricola and the Creation of Lutheran Heroes during the Sixteenth Century.” In Reformations Lost and Found: Confessional Histories after the Reformation, edited by Carina Johnson, David Luebke, Marjorie E. Plummer, and Jesse Spohnholz.

Editor with Carina Johnson, David Luebke, and Jesse Spohnholz. Reformations Lost and Found: Confessional Histories after the Reformation (Oxford: Berghahn Books, TBA). Under contract/manuscript submitted.

Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

“Hans Gallmeyer: Seduction, Bigamy, and Forgery in an Augsburg Workshop,” in A Sourcebook of Early Modern History In Honor of Susan C. Karant-Nunn on her 70th Birthday, edited by Ute Lotz-Heumann (Forthcoming).

Introduction and Annotations, “Sermon on the Estate of Marriage” (1000/2500 words), and “Estate of Marriage” (1400/9000 words) in The Essential Luther: Christian Life in the World (Volume 5), edited by Hans Hillerbrand (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, TBA [2016 expected]).

“Augsburg” (500-750 words),“Marriage/Divorce” (500–750 words),Convents, vocatio of nun” (1000 words), Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions, edited by Timothy Wengert(Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016 expected). Submitted.

Review of Hope for Better Spouses: Protestant Marriage and Church Renewal in Early Modern Europe, India, and North America by A.G. Roeber. In Journal of Family History 40 (Decemberl 2015): TBA (forthcoming).

Review of Death and a Maiden: Infanticide and the Tragical History of Grethe Schmidt. By William David Myers. In German Studies Review 38.1 (February 2015): 155-157.

Review of Orthodoxies and Heterodoxies in Early Modern German Culture: Order and Creativity, 1550-1750, edited by Randolph Head and Daniel Christensen. In Renaissance Quarterly 62.2 (2009): 589-90

Review of Klosteraustritte in der frühen Reformation by Antje Rüttgardt.  In H-German, April 2009.

Review of Noble Strategies: Marriage and Sexuality in the Zimmern Chronicle, by Judith J. Hurwich. In H-German, July 2008.

Review of Sodomy in Reformation Germany and Switzerland, 1400-1600.  By Helmut Puff. Catholic Historical Review 93.2 (2007): 410-411.

Review of Luther on Women: A Sourcebook, edited and translated by Susan Karant-Nunn and Merry Wiesner Hanks. In H-German, November 2004.

“Augsburg,” in Europe 1450-1789: An Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World. Vol. 1. Jonathan Dewald, ed.  New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, November 2003.

Work in Progress


Stripping the Veil: The Protestant Nun and Experiments in Coexistence in Early Modern Germany. A book-length study on the experience of nuns and former nuns during the dissolution and reform of monastic life in Protestant regions. Expected completion of manuscript in 2017.

Editor with Victoria Christman (Luther College). Topographies of Tolerance and Intolerance: Responses to Religious Pluralism in Reformation Europe. Expected completion of manuscript, June 2016.

Editor with Joel Harrington (Vanderbilt University), Names and Naming in Early Modern Germany. Will be submitted to Berghahn Publishers (Oxford, UK). Expected completion of text August 2016.

Continued research on a research project “Secret Marriage, Seduction, and Broken Promises: Irregular Sexual Unions between Church and State in Early Modern Germany.”


“Sharing Space with Apostates and Heretics: Parish Clergy, Village Politics, and Devotional Practices in the Convent Church of Welver, 1532-1712.”Article for inclusion in Topographies of Tolerance and Intolerance: Responses to Religious Pluralism in Reformation Europe, edited by Victoria Christman and Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer. Due December 2015.

“A View from the Choir: Forming Lutheran Culture in Pluriconfessional Westphalian Convents.” An article for inclusion in a volume on Cultures of Lutheranism, edited by Katherine Hill.  Due February 2016.

“Leaving the Convent: Former Nuns Remember the Reformation in Ernestine Saxony,” requested article for inclusion in Neues Archiv für Sächsische Geschichte, edited by Martina Schattkowsky (TU Dresden).  Expected submition August 2016.



2016 Post-doctoral Fellowship, Herzog August Bibliothek (3 months)
2015 PCAL Faculty Award for Student Advising
2014 PCAL Faculty Award for Research/Creativity (also nominated 2012, 2013)
2014 German Academic Exchange Service (D.A.A.D) Research Visit Grant (3 months)
2013 Gerald Strauss Book Prize for From Priest’s Whore to Pastor’s Wife, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference
2013 NEH Seminar, “Persecution, Toleration, Co-Existence: Early Modern Responses to Religious Pluralism,” held at the Meeter Center at Calvin College, 15 July-9 August.
2010 James K. Cameron Faculty Fellow at the University of St. Andrews Institute for Reformation Studies
2015-2012. 2010, 2008, 2007, 2005 Faculty Summer Research Grant, Western Kentucky University
2009, 2006 Regular Faculty Research Grant, Western Kentucky University
2006 Hans und Helga Eckensberger-Stiftung, Herzog August Bibliothek (6 months)
2005 D.A.A.D. Reinvitation Grant (2 Months)
2003-2004 Junior Faculty Research Grant, Western Kentucky University
2002-2003 Post-doctoral Fellowship, Herzog August Bibliothek (8 Months)
2001-2002 Favorite Professor, Student Choice Awards, UMUC-SG
2000- 2001 Faculty of the Year Recognition Award, Leadership Awards, UMUC-SG
2000 Post-doctoral Fellowship, Herzog August Bibliothek (3 months)
1997-98 Post-doctoral Fellowship, Institut für europäische Geschichte in Mainz (6 months)
1996 Carl Meyer Prize for Best Paper presented by Graduate Student or Recent Ph.D., Sixteenth Century Studies Conference
1996 D.A.A.D. Short Term Research Fellowship (6 Months)
1996 Center for Reformation Research, Paleography Institute (Declined)
1992 Dr. Günther Findel-Stiftung Stipend, Herzog August Bibliothek (5 Months)
1990-91 D.A.A.D. Dissertation Research Fellowship (14 Months)

Professional Service


Recording Officer, Society for Reformation Research


Member, Gerald Strauss Book Prize Committee, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference


2017 Anniversary Committee, Society for Reformation Research


Miriam Chrisman Travel Award Committee, Society for Reformation Research


Program Chair, Society for Reformation Research






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