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Address: Department of History

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT 84602


801.422.0275 (fax)

Education: Ph.D., History, Rutgers University, 1986

Major Field: Early Modern Europe

Minor Field: Medieval Europe

Awards: Special Graduate School Fellow, 1981-84

M.A., History, Rutgers University, 1984

B.A., European Studies, Brigham Young University, 1980
Positions: Brigham Young University

Professor, 1997-present

Associate Professor, 1992-1997

Universiteit Antwerpen

Research Scholar and Visiting Professor, spring 2006

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Research Fellow and Visiting Professor, winter 2001, winter 1996

University of Idaho

Associate Professor, 1991-1992

Assistant Professor, 1986-1991

Rutgers University

Part-time Lecturer, 1985-86

Teaching Assistant, 1984-85
Awards and American Council of Learned Societies

Grants: fellowship, calendar year 2007

grant-in-aid, summer 1987

National Endowment for the Humanities

research fellowship, calendar year 2016, academic year 2000-01

summer stipend, 1998, 1989

travel-to-collections grant, summer 1990

American Philosophical Society

Franklin research grant, summer 2014, summer 2004

summer research grant, 1988

VLAC (The Royal Flemish Academy for Science and the Arts)

research fellow, spring term 2011, June 2012
Universiteit Antwerpen

Saint Ignatius Center, research scholar, winter term 2006 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

research fellow, winter term 2001, winter term 1996

Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

Harold J. Grimm Prize, 2003, best article in the field of Reformation Studies

Bainton Book-Prize, Honorable Mention, 2001 (with Eddy Put)

Carl S. Meyer Prize, 1990 (with Eddy Put), best paper by a recent Ph.D.

Nieman Foundation at Harvard University and the Columbia School of Journalism

Mark Lynton History Prize, Finalist, 2012

Brigham Young University

college research grant (summers), 2014, 2008, 2005, 2002, 2001, 1998, 1997, 1994, 1992

sabbatical, calendar year 2016, winter 2014, calendar year 2007, academic

year 2000-01, winter 1996

Women’s Research Institute, summer research grant, 1994

Kennedy Center for International Studies, research grant (summers), 2013, 2003, 1999, 1995

Center for the Study of Europe, summer 2013

University of Idaho

college and state research grants (summers), 1991, 1989, 1987
Scholarly Jacobs vlucht: Een familiesaga van de Gouden Eeuw (Nijmegen: Vantilt,

Books: forthcoming 2016) (Jacobs flight: A Family Saga of the Golden Age)

Conversions: Two Family Stories from the Reformation and Modern America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011; paperback 2013). Finalist for the Mark Lynton History Prize, 2012. A Top Ten Book in Religion, for 2011, in Publishers Weekly. A Choice Academic Title in Religion/Humanities, for 2012.
Sunday: A History of the First Day from Babylonia to the Super Bowl (New York: Doubleday, 2007; paperback Yale University Press, 2011). Listed among Best Books of the Year, for 2007, in Publishers Weekly. On the “Top Ten Spiritual Summer Reading List” (2007) of the Detroit Free Press.
Miracles at the Jesus Oak: Histories of the Supernatural in Reformation Europe (New York: Doubleday, 2003; paperback Yale University Press, 2011). A Top Ten Book in Religion, for 2003, in Booklist. Translated into Dutch as De Wonderen van Jezus Eik (Amsterdam: Bert Bakker, 2003).
(with Eddy Put) A Bishop’s Tale (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000; paperback 2002). Honorable Mention, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Bainton book-prize competition, 2001. Editor’s Choice book in Religion, for 2000, at Translated into Dutch as Verloren schapen, schurftige herders: de helse dagen van Bisschop Mathias Hovius (Leuven and Nijmegen: Davidsfonds/SUN, 2002).

The Burdens of Sister Margaret: Inside a Seventeenth-Century Convent (New York: Doubleday, 1994; abridged paperback, Yale University Press, Nota Bene series, 2000). Translated into Korean (2012), into Swedish as Syster Margriets Prövningar (Stockholm: Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion, 1995), and into Dutch as De Verzoekingen van Zuster Margriet (Antwerp: Hadewych, 1997).
Editor, The Rhyme and Reason of Politics in Early Modern Europe: Collected Essays of Herbert H. Rowen (Dordrecht and Boston: Kluwer, 1992).
Pamphlets, Printing, and Political Culture in the Early Dutch Republic (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1987).

In Progress: Wild Boar: The Rise of Dr. Martin Luther, Friar (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017).
Articles: “What Happened to My Bellbottoms? How Things That Were Never Going to Change Have Sometimes Changed Anyway, and How Studying History Can Help Us Make Sense of it All,” BYU Studies 52/4 (Winter 2013): 49-76.
“Big Sister as Intermediary: How Maria Rolandus Tried to Win Back Her Wayward Brother,” in J. Donawerth, et al., eds., Attending to Early Modern Women: Conflict, Concord (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2013): 3-22.
“Return to the Land of Blue Little Books,” introduction to F. Deen, D. Onnekink, M. Reinders, eds., Pamphlets and Politics in the Dutch Republic (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2011), 31-36.
“The Scholar at Home: Domestic Crisis and the New Dutch Bible,” in D. Vanysacker, P. Delsaerdt, J.-P. Delville, H. Schwall, eds., The Quintessence of Lives: Intellectual Biographies in the Low Countries (Leuven and Turnhout: Brepols/RHE, 2010), 111-25.
“Religieoorlogen in eigen huis: de uitdaging van religieus gemengde gezinnen na de Reformatie,” Trajecta 16/3 (2007): 217-36.
“Religious Wars at Home: The Challenges of Confessionally Mixed Families,” in P. Wallace, P. Starenko, C. Ocker, eds., Politics of the Reformation, 2 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 2007), vol. I, 425-39.
Editor of, “Recent Trends in the Study of Christianity in Sixteenth-Century Europe,” three articles in Renaissance Quarterly 59/3 (Autumn 2006): 697-731.
“Miracles and This World: The Battle for the Jesus Oak,” Archive for Reformation History 93 (2002): 217-38.
“The Shadow of the World: Reform in the Convent,” in E. Put, M. J. Marinus, H. Storme, eds., Geloven in het verleden. Studies over het godsdienstig leven in de vroegmoderne tijd (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 1996): 131-45.
“Actives and Contemplatives: The Female Religious of the Low Countries Before and After Trent,” Catholic Historical Review 81/4 (1995): 541-67.
(with Eddy Put) “Het Sterven van een Aartsbisschop,” in R. de Smedt, ed., Mechliniensia in Honorem Prof. Em. Dr. Constantini Van de Wiel septuagenarii (Mechelen: HKKM, 1995): 119-40.
(with Eddy Put) “Dagboek van een Katholieke Reformatie: Aartsbisschop Mathias Hovius en zijn Manuale,” Trajecta 3/1 (1994): 19-33.
(with Herbert Rowen) “The Birth of the Dutch Nation,” in M. Thorp, A. Slavin, eds., Politics, Religion, and Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe (Kirksville, MO: Sixteenth Century Monographs, 1994): 67-81.

“Introduction,” The Rhyme and Reason of Politics in Early Modern Europe: Collected Essays of Herbert H. Rowen (Dordrecht and Boston: Kluwer, 1992), 1-10.

“Official Religion – Popular Religion in Recent Historiography of the Catholic Reformation,” Archive for Reformation History 81 (1990): 239-62.

(with Eddy Put) “A Bishop in the Cloisters: The Visitations of Mathias Hovius (Malines, 1596-1620),” Sixteenth Century Journal 22/4 (1991): 629-52.

“Mars Bruised: Images of War in the Dutch Republic, 1641-1648,” Bijdragen en Mededelingen Betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden 104/2 (1989): 184-208.
“Blue Little Books and the Dutch Republic,” in T. Broos, ed., Papers from the Third Interdisciplinary Conference on Netherlandic Studies (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1988): 169-77.
Reference: Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation (Oxford University Press, 1996): “Jacob Boonen,”1:200-01 and “Mathias Hovius,” 2:258-59 (with Eddy Put); “Maarten van Riethoven,” 3:435; “Henri van der Burch,” 4:219; Translator “Wilhelmus Lindanus,” “Antoon Triest,” “Joannes Malderus,” “Laevinus Torrentius.”
Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie ecclésiastiques, t. XXIV (Paris, 1993), “Mathias Hovius” (with Eddy Put), cols. 1297-99.
Other Books: Way Below the Angels: The Pretty Clearly Troubled But Not Even Close to Tragic Confessions of a Real Live Mormon Missionary (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014). Religion Book of the Year, INDIEFAB. Best Personal History/Memoir, Mormon History Association. Finalist, Best Work of Creative Nonfiction, Association of Mormon Letters.
Translations: Ernest Claes, The Mother and the Three Soldiers, and Village Scenes (Averbode, Belgium: Ernest Claes Genootschap, 2006), from the original Flemish.
Reviews: Dozens of reviews authored in The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, The Dutch Review of Church History, Church History and Religious Culture, Renaissance Quarterly, The Catholic Historical Review, The Sixteenth Century Journal, The American Historical Review, Bijdragen tot de Geschiedenis, Revue belge de philologie et d’histoire, and History: A Review of Books.
Film: Producer, Moscow Classics: Going Somewhere Beautiful (2012), a documentary on the rise and decline of Classics in western education, to air in 2013 on local PBS stations.
Interviews: Radio, Podcasts, and Television

2014 - WYPR, Baltimore, Midday with Dan Rodricks,

KERA, Dallas/Ft Worth, Think

KTAR, Phoenix, The God Show

Unity Radio Online, Holy Rascals Radio

Rational Faiths Mormon Podcast

Mormon Discussion Podcast

Marginalia Review of Books, an LA Review of Books channel

2013 - HuffPost Live, Part of Panel Discussion on Conversion

Mormon Stories Podcast, Panel Discussion of my book Conversions

2012 - WCXZ, Knoxville, Tom Amis Show

New Books in History Network, New Books in Politics

WAMV, Amherst, VA, Morning Show

WLTP, Parkersburg, WV, Doug Hess Show

Voice America/World Talk Radio, Kathryn Zox Show

WLW, Cincinnati, Jim Scott Show

WRPN, Green Bay, Morning Show

WMKT, Charlevoix, MI, Vic McCarty Show

WISR, Pittsburgh, Dave Malarkey Show

2011 - WRVC, Huntington, WV, Jean Dean Show

WOCA, Ocala, FL, Larry Whitler Show

WPHM, Detroit, Paul Miller Show

WELI, New Haven, CT, The Vinnie Penn Project

Lifestyle Talk Radio, Frankie Boyer Show

2009 - CBS Television, Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood

2008 - RTE Ireland, The Tubridy Show

2007 - National Public Radio, Weekend Edition Sunday

2007 - PRI and Wisconsin Public Radio, To the Best of Our Knowledge

NBC Television, The Today Show on Sunday

2007 - KVSS Radio, Omaha, The Morning Spirit Show

Bloomberg Radio, WBBR New York, Simply Put

Sirius Satellite Radio, The Catholic Channel, As You Think

WILL Radio, Urbana-Champaign, The Afternoon Magazine

KBYU Radio, Provo, Utah, Thinking Aloud

KPCC Radio, Los Angeles, Patt Morrison Show

KUER Radio, Salt Lake City, Radio West

KUED Television, Salt Lake City, Utah Now

KSL Radio, Salt Lake City, People of Faith

2004 - De Blinden Bibliotheek (Belgium)

2003 - Radio Katholiek Nederland

KRO, Glas en Lood (Netherlands)

KRO, De Avonden (Netherlands)

Radio 3 Klara (Belgium)

2002 - Radio Vlaanderen Internationaal (Belgium)

Radio 3 Klara Alinea (Belgium)

KRO (Netherlands)

2000 - KUSU Logan, Utah

1997 - KRO, Glas en Lood (Netherlands)

Catholic Worldwide Radio

Radio 1 Belgium, Het Vrije Westen

Radio 3 Belgium

Radio 2 Belgium, Zegge en Schrijven

Independent Radio Belgium

VTM (Belgian TV)

1994 - WNYC Radio, New York, New York and Company
Print and Websites

2014 - Religion News Service, Jana Riess, Flunking Sainthood Blog

2011 - Publishers Weekly

2007 - Publishers Weekly, Salt Lake Tribune, Religion News Service, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

2003 - Tertio (Belgium), Gazet van Antwerpen (Belgium), Het Belang van Limburg (Belgium), De Standaard (Belgium), De Morgen (Belgium), Trouw (Netherlands), Het Katholieke Nieuwsblad (Netherlands), Haagse Courant (Netherlands)

2002 - Tertio (Belgium), Kerk en Leven (Belgium), Gazet van Antwerpen (Belgium), Knack (Belgium), Het Belang van Limburg (Belgium)

2001 - Brigham Young Magazine

2000 - Deseret News

1997 - (all in Belgium) De Standaard, De Financiele en Economische Tijden, Kerk en Leven, Het Laatste Nieuws, Het Nieuwsblad, Gazet van Antwerpen, Het Volk, Het Belang van Limburg, Knack, TV Ekspres

Invited “Luther, Dee, and Thee: What a Youngish Sixteenth-Century Monk Might

Lectures: Possibly Have to Do With You (and with the Jensen Lecture),” De Lamar Jensen Lecture, Brigham Young University, October 2015

“What Seventeenth-Century Religious Conversion Might Possibly Have to do With You,” Utah Valley University, November 2013

“What Happened to My Bellbottoms? How Things That Were Never Going to Change Have Sometimes Changed Anyway, and How Studying History Can Help you Make Sense of it All,” Hickman Lecture, Brigham Young University, March 2013

“Het Rolandus Lied: An Ecclesiastical Dynasty in the Golden Age,” VLAC (Royal

Flemish Academy for Science and the Arts), Brussels, May 2011

“Women as Negotiators in Religious Disputes,” plenary speaker, Attending to

Early Modern Women Conference, University of Maryland, November 2009

“Microhistory and the Frustrated Novelist,” Microhistory and the Community of the Parish, Warwick, England, May 2009; other versions at Villanova University, March 2012, University of Arizona, October 2012, Claremont Graduate School, October 2014, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, May 2009

Panelist, “The Reformation Classroom: Defining Protestantism,” Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, St. Louis, October 2008

“Mixing Religions in the Family: A Reformation Tragedy,” O’Clerigh Lecture,

University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, May 2008

“Conversions,” University of Arizona, April 2008

“Wat wonder, wat nieuws! Park en het ontstaan van de Jezus Eik,” 900 Years of Park, Park Abbey, Leuven, Belgium, September 2007

“Religieoorlogen bij ons thuis: de uitdaging van religieus gemengde families na de

Reformatie,” Research Scholar Lecture, Universiteit Antwerpen, February


“Religious Wars at Home: Problems of Sources and Presentation,” Yale University, January 2007, Universiteit Antwerpen, June 2006, and Universiteit Amsterdam, February 2007

“High Adventure in the Archives,” University of Idaho, May 2005

(with Eddy Put) “Writing Together Apart: Collaboration in Historical Research and Writing,” DeSantis Lecture, University of Notre Dame, April 2005

“Writing Sister Margaret,” Seton Hall University, Honors Book of the Semester Lecture, October 2004

“The Trouble With Doctor Helmont,” University of Utah, April 2002

“The Politics of the Wondrous,” University of Utah, January 2002

“A Family’s War of Religion,” University of London, February 2001

“The Miracle of the Breast-Milk and the Politics of the Wondrous,” Wake Forest University, April 1997

“The People and the Reformation,” University of Oregon, November 1990

“Trends and Problems in the Study of the Catholic Reformation,” Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, June 1988

Professional: Memberships and Service in Learned Societies

Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

Past President, 2007-08, President, 2006-07

Vice-President, 2004-06

Council, 1998-2000

Nominating Committee, 2011-13

Renaissance Society of America

Executive Board, 2001-05

Society for Reformation Research

American Society of Church History

American Historical Association

Referee or Reader

Journal of Global History

Journal of the History of Ideas

Archive for Reformation History

Catholic Historical Review

Renaissance Quarterly

Sixteenth Century Journal

Journal of Early Modern History

American Philosophical Society

Oxford University Press

Princeton University Press

Rowman & Littlefield

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Davidsfonds (Belgium)

American Philosophical Society (Franklin Research Grants), 2011, 2008

Commenter on dozens of conference papers and panels

Harper & Row (World Civilization textbook)

Dushkin Publishing (World Civilization reader)

Annual Editions (World Civilization reader)

Courses Western Civilization (2 parts)

Taught: World Civilization (2 parts)

Introduction to the History of Christianity

The Historian’s Craft

Renaissance Europe

Reformation Europe

History on Film

Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe

Seminars: Miracles and European Christianity; Living the Reformation; Religious Mixing in the Reformation and Beyond; Religious Conversion; Tolerance and Intolerance; Religious and Cultural Change; Christian Missions

Supervisor or Committee for numerous theses, senior papers
University Brigham Young University

Service: University, Library Committee, 1995-98

University, Speaker at the Workshop for New Associate Professors, January


University, Center for the Study of Europe, Steering Committee, 2003-07

University Faculty Center, Teaching and Research Focus Group, July 1997

College and Department, Awards Committee, 2014-15

College, National Advisory Committee, Fall 2015

College, Rank and Status Committee, 2005-09

College, Committee for the Review of the course “American Heritage,” Fall


College, Research Committee, 2001-04

Department, Faculty Development Coordinator, 2013-14

Department, Newsletter Advisor, 2012-13

Department, Ad hoc Committee on Reinstituting the Graduate Program,

Chair, 2011

Department, Student Research Paper Awards Committee, Chair, 2009-11

Department, Editor, Department Newsletter, 2012-13

Department, “Historian’s Craft” and “Senior Paper” committee, 1997-2000 Department, Rank and Status Committee, 2009-12, 2003-05 (Chair 2003-04),

1997-99, 1994-95

Department, Search Committees, 2011, 1999 (Chair), 1997 (Chair), 1994,


Department, Swensen and Jensen Lecture Committee, 2008-13; 1997

Department, Social Committee, 1996-97, 1992-94

Department, Self-Study Committees on “Students” (2002), “Curriculum,” (1994), “Undergraduate Major” (1995)

Study Abroad, Director, Paris, Winter 2003

Study Abroad, Associate Director, London, Winter, Spring 1994

Judge, at History Day for secondary schools, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1993

Lecture, BYU Women’s Research Institute, “Tales from the Crypt: Writing

The Burdens of Sister Margaret,” September 1994; also to the History Research Seminar, November 1994; and the BYU chapter of Blue Key, January 1995

Lecture, Phi Alpha Theta Banquet, “High Adventure in the Archives,” November 2002

Student Mentor, 1994-97, for ten new students a year, and a student facing

Academic suspension who eventually graduated

Faculty Mentor, 1996-present, for six different junior faculty members

Referee, Journal of International and Area Studies, a student journal, 1997,


Letters of reference for hundreds of students and colleagues

Guest lecturer in numerous courses

University of Idaho

University, Committee for General Education, 1990-91

College, Tenure and Promotion Committee, 1991-92

College, Dean’s Council on Research, Scholarship, and Creativity, 1988-92

College, Religious Studies Committee, 1987-92

Department, Ad Hoc Committee, Review of Tenure and Promotion

Procedures and Standards, 1992

Department, drafted requirements for History Majors, and requirements for

the Senior Seminar, 1991

Department, Committee on the Quadrennial Review of the Chair, 1989

Outside Member, Tenure and Promotion Committee, English Department,


Outside Member, Tenure and Promotion Committee, Foreign Languages and

Literatures Department, 1991

Lecture, University of Idaho Humanities Day, “The Scandalous Tale of the

Quiltmaker’s Wife, and Other Episodes in the Value of History,” 1988

References: Jodi Bilinkoff, Department of History, University of NC-Greensboro, Greensboro,

NC 27402; (336) 334-4646;

Thomas Brady, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley, CA

94720; (510) 642-4426;

Carlos Eire, Department of History, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520; (203) 432-1357;

Brad Gregory, Department of History, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556; (574) 631-7266;

Susan Karant-Nunn, Department of History, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721; (520) 621-1284;

Diarmaid MacCulloch, Faculty of Theology, 41 Saint Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW, England; (44) 1865.270794;

Edward Muir, Department of History, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208; (847) 491-3653;

John O’Malley, Department of Theology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057; (202) 687-4882;

James Tracy, Department of History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA; (612) 624-9813;

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