Graduate Fields of Study - Early Europe

The University of Arizona's doctoral field in Early Europe offers a rich array of emphases and approaches to the history of Europe, reaching from the ancient Mediterranean through the High and Late Middle Ages, to the Renaissance, the Reformation and the seventeenth century, in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. The graduate program in Early Europe encourages building a strong foundation in intellectual, political and religious history, offering as well a variety of courses in the history of gender, women and the family. Our interests also stretch beyond the European landmass, to foster interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of gender, discourse, belief, and the structures of power in collaboration with other caucuses and other programs across the campus, including Classics, Women's Studies, Latin American Studies, and Religious Studies. The Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies is a particular institutional strength, offering scholarly resources and opportunities for graduate students beyond the History Department.

Alison Futrell and Steve Johnstone focus on the symbols, rituals and language of power in the Graeco-Roman world, with strong research interest in how human social and political dynamics have been shaped and enacted through performance in different venues, from the Colosseum to the courtroom.

Paul Milliman's research focuses on cultural contacts and exchange between the peoples of east-central Europe during the middle ages. He also has an interest in the history of games and sport in this period. His offered courses include a survey of medieval Europe, a history of the Crusades, a history of games and play in medieval and early modern Europe, and graduate courses on medieval cultural exchange.

Susan Karant-Nunn is Regents' Professor and Director of the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies. She leads the seminars that form the backbone of the Division's graduate program, conversing on varying topics in early modern European history. Her work concentrates on the religious and social culture of early modern Germany, including matters of gender, and her courses feature such themes as ritual, the European family, sexuality, and deviance.

Ute Lotz-Heumann is interested in the history of Europe from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries. She teaches an array of specialized courses in early modern European history with a particular emphasis on Ireland, Britain and Germany.  Among others, she teaches courses on early modern and modern Irish history, the confessional churches in early modern Europe, British history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the diary of Samuel Pepys, a seventeenth-century Englishman, the cultural history of early modern Germany, the political and social makeup of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as historiographical and methodological courses and aspects of the enlightenment in central Europe.


Dissertations in Progress

Paul Buehler, "'So the Common Man Can See What Kind of Tree Bears Such Harmful Fruit': Censorship, Defamation, and Dissent in the Holy Roman Empire, ca. 1521-1648"

Matthew Coleman

Elizabeth Ellis-Marino

Mary Kovel, "(Be)Heading the English Nation 1560-1660: The Significance of Hair and Head Coverings in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England"

Amy Newhouse


Recently Completed Dissertations

James Blakeley (2006), Assistant Professor, St. Joseph's College, "Negotiating the 'Reformation from Without': Popular Responses to Religious Change in the Pays de Vaud"

Robert J. Christman (2004), Associate Professor, Luther College, "Heretics in Luther's Homeland: The Controversy over Originial Sin in Late Sixteenth-Century Mansfeld"

Victoria Christman (2005), Associate Professor, LutherCollege, "Truth by Torture: Inquisition in the Early Modern Low Countries"

Sean Eric Clark (2013) "Protestants in Palestine: Reformation of Holy Land Pilgrimage in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries"

Tom DeMayo (2006), Assistant Professor, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, "The Demonology of William of Auvergne"

Adam Donaldson (2012), “Peasant and Slave Rebellion in the Roman Republic”

Tom Donlan (2011), "The Reform of Zeal: François de Sales and Militant Catholicism during the French Wars of Religion"

Cynthia A. Gonzales (2008), "A SpanishPortCity: Women and Litigation in the City of Valencia, 1550-1600"

Brandon Hartley (2007), Wasatch Academy, "War and Tolerance: Catholic Polemic in Lyon During the French Religious Wars"

Julie Kang (2010), "Winning the Catholic Reformation through the Conversion of Female Protestants: The Education of Les Nouvelles Catholiques in Seventeenth-Century France"

Joshua L. Rosenthal (2005), "The Sword That Divides and Bonds That Tie: Faith and Family in the French Wars of Religion"

Joel Van Amberg (2004), Associate Professor,  Tusculum College, "A Real Presence: Religious and Social Dynamics of the Eucharistic Controversies in Early Modern Augsburg, 1520-1530"


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