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Barbara Pitkin specializes in the history of Christian thought, with a particular emphasis on the religious developments in late medieval and early modern Europe. She received her B.A. in German language and literature from Carleton College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School.
Dr. Pitkin teaches courses on the history and future of Christianity, sixteenth-century reformations, the history of biblical interpretation, and women and religion. She also serves as the faculty / grad colloquium coordinator and supervises undergraduate outreach and research for the Department of Religious Studies.
Her current research focuses on early modern views and uses of the past. She is the author of What Pure Eyes Could See: Calvin’s Doctrine of Faith in its Exegetical Context (Oxford University Press, 1999); co-editor of The Formation of Clerical and Confessional Identities in Early Modern Europe (Brill, 2006); and editor of Semper Reformanda: Calvin, Worship, and Reformed Traditions (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017).
Recent articles include “John Calvin, François Hotman, and the Living Lessons of Sacred History,” which appeared in Politics, Gender, and Belief: Essays in Memory of Robert Kingdon (Droz, 2014); “The Reformation of Preaching: Transformations of Worship Soundscapes in Early Modern Germany and Switzerland,” which appeared in the Yale Journal of Music and Religion (2015); and “Erasmus, Calvin, and the Faces of Stoicism in Renaissance and Reformation Thought,” published in The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition, ed. John Sellars (London and New York: Routledge, 2016), 145-59. She is currently President of the Calvin Studies Society.
RELIGST 26: The Bible and its Interpreters (fall)
RELIGST 231/331 | HISTORY 231G/331G: European Reformations (fall), with Laura Stokes
RELIGST 117: Christianity in 21st-century America (spring)
RELIGST 298: Senior Colloquium (spring)