Professor of European History and the History of Christianity
Chair, Department of History and Philosophy
Walla Walla University
Department of History and Philosophy
204 S. College Avenue
College Place, WA 99324
Phone: (509) 527-2851
Doctor of Philosophy in History. 2004
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.
Major field #1: History of Christianity.
Major field #2: Early Modern Studies.
Minor field: Scientific Revolution.
Masters in Business Administration. 2000
Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management.
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.
M.A. in History at Claremont Graduate University. 2000
B.A. with majors in History, Religion, and Business Administration from Walla Walla University. 1997
A.S. in Business Administration from Newbold College, UK. 1995
In Progress: Book exploring the intersection of Religious Toleration, Democracy, Science and Popularity in Restoration England.
Exploiting Erasmus: The Erasmian Legacy and Religious Change in Early Modern England. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.
“Curtains of Peace and Charity”: The Humanist Theology of Desiderius Erasmus in England from c. 1550 to c. 1650. Ph.D. Dissertation. Published by UMI microfiche. Advisor: Dr. Lori Anne Ferrell. 2004.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters
"'Cabals of Zeal': Liberty, Security, and the Common People in teh writings of Samuel Parker and Richard Baxter," in Arthur F. Marotti, ed., New Ways of Looking at Old Texts. Forthcoming, 2018.
"Politicizing Thomas More's Utopia in Restoration England,"Moreana Vo. 54 (Number 208), Iss. 2, University of Edinburgh Press, December, 2017: 172-186.
“An Accidental Historian: Erasmus and the English History of the Reformation,” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture. June 2013.
'Betwixt Heaven and Hell': Religious Toleration and the Reception of Erasmus in Restoration England,” in Karl A.E. Enenkel, ed., Intersections: The Reception of Erasmus in the Early Modern Period. Brill, 2013..
“Joseph Hall, Thomas Fuller, and the Erasmian Via Media in Early Stuart England,” in Steven Ryle, ed., Erasmus and the Republic of Letters. London: Brepols, 2013.
“'Sham of Liberty of Conscience': Huguenots and the Problem of Religious Toleration in Restoration England,” in David Trim, ed., Huguenots in history and memory: essays in honour and memory of Walter Utt. Brill, 2011.
“Erasmus' Paraphrases, anti-Calvinism, and the seventeenth century debate about the English Reformation” Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook, Vol. 27 (2007), 59-69.
“'Puritane Punke:' Rewriting Erasmus in Early Seventeenth-Century England.” Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook. Vol. 26 (2006), 43-58.
Selected Conference Papers
"'Idoliz'd Model of a Commonwealth': Politics and Thomas More's Utopia in Restoration England." Paper presented at the Renaissance Society of American conference. Boston. April, 2016.
“'Vulgar passions will to tumult grow:' National Security and the Common People in Restoration England.” Paper to be presented at the Renaissance Society of America conference. Berlin, Germany. March, 2015.
"Making evidence for anti-Catholic histories in early modern England.” Paper to be presented at the Reformation Studies Colloquium, Cambridge University. September, 2014.
“'Cabals of Zeal:' Popularity, Social Anxiety, and Vulgar Rhetoric in Restoration England,” Paper presented at Renaissance Society of America conference in New York. March, 2014.
“Erasmus as Historian,” Paper presented at Renaissance Society of America conference in Washington, D.C. March, 2012.
“Erasmianism, Roger L'Estrange, and the defense of intolerance.” Paper presented at the conference Intersections: Around Erasmus. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. January 2011.
“Peace, Toleration, and the Problem of Security in Restoration England.” Paper presented at Conference on Faith and History: The Search for Peace, Justice, and Equality. George Fox University. October, 2010.
“Competing Models of Religious Toleration.” Paper presented at Renaissance Society of America conference in Venice, Italy. April 2010.
“Huguenots and the Fall of James II.” Paper presented at the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians conference in Washington, D.C. March 2010.
“Erasmus, partisanship and civility.” Inaugural lecture for the Nylander Memorial Humanities Speaker Series. Ellensburg, WA. November 2009.
“Lancelot Andrewes and the Legacy of English Humanism at the Early Stuart Court.” Paper given at Renaissance Society of America conference in Los Angeles, CA. April 2009.
“Thomas More, Censorship, and the English Civil War.” Invited paper given at the Triennial International Thomas More Conference: Thomas More, Man of Letters. Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. August 2007.
“Moderate Calvinists and Erasmus in Early Stuart England.” Paper given at the Pacific Coast Conference of British Studies. Puget Sound University. April 2007.
“Erasmus and anti-Calvinist Polemic in Seventeenth Century England.” Paper given at Renaissance Society of America conference. Miami, FL. March 2007.
“Joseph Hall, Thomas Fuller, and the Erasmian via media.” Paper given at Erasmus and the Republic of Letters-a conference marking the centenary of the publication of the first volume of P.S. Allen's edition of the letters of Erasmus. Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. September 2006.
“Framing the Paraphrases: Decatholicizing Erasmus in Reformation England.” Paper given at Renaissance Society of America conference. San Francisco, CA. March 2006.
“'Puritan Punk:' Rewriting Erasmus in Early Seventeenth Century England.” Paper given at the joint conference of the Renaissance Society of America and the U.K. Society for Renaissance Studies. Cambridge University, UK. April 2005.
Selected Recent Academic Presentations
"A Conversation with Luther." Performed on stage at WWU as Martin Luther. October 31, 2017.
"Reformation Day." WWU CommUnity. October 2017. Helped organize and speak at a number of events surrounding the 500th anniversary of Luther's posting of the 95 Theses in October 1517.
“Sapere Aude.” Walla Walla University Senior Recognition address. February 2012.
“James' Bible: Conflict and Authority in the Making of the King James Bible.” Part of WWU's 400th anniversary celebration of the KJV. October 2011.
Curated an exhibit that displayed rare books from the Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Collection at WWU Peterson Memorial Library for NPUC Constituency. September 2011.
“Reading the Reformation.” Inaugural Landeen Library Lecture at WWU alumni weekend. April 2011.
“Shifting Target: Justifying War in Christian History.” Presentation at WWU as part of Peace Making Weekend. April 2011.
“Reformation Postmodernism.” Walla Walla Adventist Forum. April 2011.
“Do not stop.” Walla Walla University Baccalaureate address. June 2010.
“Talking Nice: Erasmus and Civility.” Inquiring Minds presentation for Humanities Washington. Speakers' Bureau 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.
“Guy Fawkes and the Legacy of Religious Conflict.” Walla Walla University CommUnity. November 2009.
“Nothing New Under the Sun? Truth and Uncertainty in Christian History.” Walla Walla University Distinguished Faculty Lecture. 2008-09.
Not included: dozens of academic presentations for colloquia and other events at Walla Walla University.
2017 - Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award
2012 - Delona & C Michael Bell Outstanding Teaching Award.
2008 - Chosen to give the WWU Distinguished Faculty Lecture.
2007 - WWU Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship.
Selected University Activities and Community Involvement
Co-director of History and Literature tours of the UK. 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018.
Children's Home Society of Walla Walla community council. 2011-present.
Chair of Children's Home Society community council. 2012-present.
Faculty sponsor for Amnesty International campus club. 2005 - present.
University Church religious liberty liaison. 2005-present.
University Church Elder and Board Member. 2013-present.
Roger's Elementary School Board Member & Board Chair. 2013-present.
Member of Humanities Washington's Inquiring Minds speakers' bureau. 2008-2010.