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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) and co-editor of The Formation of Clerical and Confessional Identities in Early Modern Europe (Brill, 2006). Recent articles include “Calvin’s Mosaic Harmony: Biblical Exegesis and Early Modern Legal History,” which appeared in the Sixteenth Century Journal (2010); “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 Soundcapes in Early Modern Germany and Switzerland,” which appeared in the Yale Journal of Music and Religion (2015). She is currently President of the Calvin Studies Society.
RELIGST 26: The Bible and its Interpreters (fall)
RELIGST 126: Protestant Reformation (fall)
RELIGST 117: Christianity in 21st-century America (winter)
RELIGST 298: Senior Colloquium (spring)