Associate Professor of History
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EDUCATION


1996

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

1988

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

1985

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”

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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

2003-2009

Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

1997-2002

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

1997

Assistant Professor, Wingate University, Wingate, NC

1993-1996

Visiting Assistant Professor, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

TEACHING FIELDS

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

PUBLICATIONS

Books

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.

Journal Articles

“‘Partner in his Calamities’: Pastors’ Wives, Married Nuns and the Experience of Clerical Marriage in the Early German Reformation,” Gender and 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.

Book Chapters in Edited Collections

“‘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 B. Barnes, 99-115. Aldershot, Hambleton: Ashgate Publishing, 2009.

“‘Nothing More than Common Whores and Knaves’: Married Monks and Nuns in the Early German Reformation.” In Mixed Matches: Transgressive Unions in Germany from the Reformation to the Enlightenment,edited by David M. Luebke and Mary Lindemann, 45-62. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2014. In press.

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, 2014. In press.

Forthcoming Articles (Submitted and Accepted)

“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,TBA.

“Prison Tales: The Miraculous Escape of Stephen Agricola and the Creation of Lutheran Heroes during the Sixteenth Century.”Forgetting Plurality: Confessional Histories after the Reformation.

“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.

Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

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

Co-editing Forgetting Plurality: Writing Confessional Histories after the Reformation with David Luebke, Jesse Spohnholz, and Carina Johnson.

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.

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

RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2014 “Ringing Bells and Singing Hymns: Multiconfessional Convents and the Shared Use of Sacred Space in Westphalian Convents,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, New Orleans, LA, October 16-19, 2014.
2014 “Sharing Space with Apostates and Heretics: Experiments in Coexistence in Multiconfessional Convents,” German Studies Association Conference, Kansas City, KS, September 18-21, 2014.
2013 “Nuns in Multiconfessional Convents in North Germany,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Puerto Rico, October 23-26, 2013.
2013 “Converting Convents: Monastic Reform and Evangelical Nuns in Braunschweig-Lüneburg during the Sixteenth-Century,” American Society for Church History, New Orleans, LA, January 3-6, 2013.
2012 “A Matter of Conscience: From Imprisoned Clergy to Martyrs in Lutheran Histories of the mid Sixteenth-Century,” German Studies Association, Milwaukee, WI, October 3-5, 2012.
2012 “Prison Tales: Clerical Resistance, Episcopal Authority, and the Creation of Lutheran Heroes in the Early German Reformation,” The New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, FL, March 8-10, 2012.
2011 "Persona non grata: Former Nuns, Property Disputes, and Defense of Marriage in the Early German Reformation," Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Fort Worth, TX, October 27-30, 2011.
2010 “Whores or Housekeepers: Reassessing Clerical Concubines in Early Reformation Germany,” Reformation Studies Colloquium, St. Andrews, Scotland, September 7-9, 2010.
2009 "Nothing More than Common Whores and Knaves": Married Monks and Nuns in the Early German Reformation," German Studies Association Conference, Washington, DC, October 8-11, 2009
2009 “‘No Better than a Brothel’: Convents and the Attack on Celibacy in the Early German Reformation,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, May 27-30, 2009.
2008 “‘The Much Married Michael Kramer’: Evangelical Clergy and Bigamy in Ernestine Saxony, 1522-1542,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, St. Louis, October 23-26, 2008.
2007 “Fathers and Daughters: Parental Rights, Church Discipline and Disputed Engagements in Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, 1568-1634,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Minneapolis, October 25-28, 2007.
2006 "'What Words Were Said?': Broken Promises, Disputed Engagements and Enforced Marriage in Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, 1568-1624" German Studies Conference, Pittsburgh, 28 September-1 October 2006.
2006 “Defining Marriage: Disputed Engagements, Secret Marriage, and Seduction in Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, 1569-1624,” Herzog August Bibliothek, June 26, 2006.

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS

2014 PCAL Faculty Award for Research/Creativity
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, Calvin College, 15 July-9 August 2013.
2010 James K. Cameron Faculty Fellow at the University of St. Andrews Institute for Reformation Studies
2014-2012 Research and Creative Activities Program (RCAP) Grant, Western Kentucky University
2010, 2008 Faculty Summer Research Grant, Western Kentucky University
2009, 2006 Regular Faculty Research Grant, Western Kentucky University
2007, 2005 Faculty Summer 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)

 

 

 

 

 

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