Barbara Pitkin | Curriculum Vitae

Senior Lecturer
Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
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University of Chicago.  Ph.D., Theology, 1994, with Distinction.
University of Chicago.  A.M., Religious Studies, 1987.
Carleton College.  B.A., German, 1981, magna cum laude.
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. 1979-1980.

Academic Appointments

Stanford University. Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, 2008-present.
Stanford University. Acting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, 1996-1999, 2000-2008.
Santa Clara University. Visiting Lecturer in Religious Studies, 1998-1999.
St. Olaf  College. Assistant Professor of Religion and Tutor in the Paracollege, 1991-1992, 1993-1998.

Fellowships and Honors

Hewlett Faculty Research Grant, Stanford University, 2005-2006; 2008-2009; 2013-2014
Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Stanford University, 1996-1997.
St. Olaf College Summer Research Grant, 1996 (declined in order to accept Mellon Fellowship).
Fellow at the Institute of European History, Mainz, Germany, 1992-1993, Summer 1994.
John T. McNeill Fellow at the University of Chicago, 1990-1991.
Junior Fellow in the Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago, 1990-1991.
Doctoral Exams passed with Distinction, 1990.
Divinity School Fellow, University of Chicago, 1989-1990.
B.A. Comprehensive Exams passed with Distinction, 1981.
Phi Beta Kappa, 1981.



What Pure Eyes Could See: Calvin’s Doctrine of Faith in Its Exegetical Context, Oxford Studies in Historical Theology (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).

Edited Volumes

Semper Reformanda: John Calvin, Worship, and Reformed Traditions, ed. Barbara Pitkin, Refo500 Academic Series (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017).

The Formation of Clerical and Confessional Identities in the Sixteenth Century, ed. and intro. Wim Janse and Barbara Pitkin, Dutch Review of Church History 85 (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2006).


“John Calvin,” in Christianity and Family Law: An Introduction, ed. John Witte, Jr., and Gary S. Hauk (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 211-28.

“Erasmus, Calvin, and the Faces of Stoicism in Renaissance and Reformation Thought,” in The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition, ed. John Sellars (London and New York: Routledge, 2016), 145-59.

“Human Nature in Calvin’s Commentary on Seneca’s De clementia,” in Anthopological Reformations—Anthropology in the Reformation, ed. Anne Eusterschulte and Hannah Wälzholz (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015), 165-74.

“The Reformation of Preaching: Transformations of Worship Soundscapes in Early Modern Germany and Switzerland,” Yale Journal of Music and Religion 1/2 (Sept. 2015): 5-20.

“John Calvin, François Hotman, and the Living Lessons of Sacred History,” in Politics, Gender, and Belief. The Long-Term Impact of the Reformation., ed. Amy Nelson Burnett, Kathleen Comerford, and Karin Maag (Geneva: Librairie Droz, 2014), 19-44.

“Exil im Spiegel der Geschichte in Calvins Jesaiakommentar (1559),” in Calvin und Calvinismus: Europäische Perspectiven, ed. Irene Dingel and Herman Selderhuis (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011), 215-28.

“Calvin’s Mosaic Harmony: Biblical Exegesis and Early Modern Legal History,” Sixteenth Century Journal  41/2 (2010): 441-66.

“Calvin, Theology, and History,” Seminary Ridge Review 12/2 (2010): 1-16.

“John Calvin and the Interpretation of the Bible,” in History of Biblical Interpretation, vol. 2, ed. Alan J. Hauser and Duane F. Watson (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009), 341-71.

“Calvin’s Reception of Paul,” in A Companion to Paul in the Reformation, ed. R. Ward Holder (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2009), pp. 267-96.

“Glaube und Rechtfertigung,” in Calvin Handbuch, ed. Herman J. Selderhuis (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008), 284-95.  In Dutch in Calvijn Handboek (Kampen: Kok, 2008). In English in The Calvin Handbook (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009), 288-99.

“Prophecy and History in Calvin’s Lectures on Daniel (1561),” in Die Geschichte der Daniel-Auslegung in Judentum, Christentum und Islam: Studien zur Kommentierung des Danielbuches in Literatur und Kunst, ed. K. Bracht and D. DuToit (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2007), 323-47.

“The Spiritual Gospel? Views of Human Nature in Calvin’s Commentary on John,” in The Formation of Clerical and Confessional Identities in the Sixteenth Century, ed. W. Janse and B. Pitkin, Dutch Review of Church History 85 (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2006), 187-204.

“Calvin as a Commentator on the Gospel of John,” in Calvin and the Bible, ed. Donald K. McKim (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 164-98.

“The Protestant Zeno: Calvin and the Development of Melanchthon’s Anthropology,” Journal of Religion 84/3 (July 2004): 345-78.

“Redefining Repentance: Calvin and Melanchthon,” in Calvinus Praeceptor Ecclesiae: Papers of the Eighth International Congress for Calvin Research, ed. Herman J. Selderhuis (Geneva: Librairie Droz, 2004), 275-85.

“Honoring Children’s Bodies,” Journal of Lutheran Ethics 4/1 (January 2004):

“Children and the Church in Calvin’s Geneva,” in Calvin and the Church, Papers presented at the 13th Colloquium of the Calvin Studies Society, May 24-26, 2001, ed. David L. Foxgrover (Grand Rapids: CDC Product Services for the Calvin Studies Society, 2002), 144-64.

“Psalm 8:2,” in “Between Text and Sermon,” Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 55/2 (April 2001): 177-80.

“The Heritage of the Lord: Children in the Theology of John Calvin,” in The Child in Christian Thought, ed. Marcia J. Bunge (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001), 160-93.

“Seeing and Believing in the John Commentaries of Martin Bucer and John Calvin,” Church History 68/4 (December 1999): 865-85.

“Nothing But Concupiscence: Calvin’s Understanding of Sin and the via Augustini,” Calvin Theological Journal 34(November 1999): 347-69.

“Imitation of David: David as a Paradigm for Faith in Calvin’s Exegesis of the Psalms,” Sixteenth Century Journal 24/4 (1993): 843-63.