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Thomas Robisheaux

Professor of History
Dept of History, Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
202 Classroom Bldg, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Office hours Wednesdays 2:30 - 5:00 (202 Carr or the Perk)  


As an historian of early modern Europe Dr. Robisheaux has particular interests in social and cultural history, German-speaking Central Europe, Renaissance culture, religious reform, popular religion and culture, and microhistory. Author of The Last Witch of Langenburg and Rural Society and the Search for Order in Early Modern Germany, Lost Worlds, and many articles, he teaches courses on European history; Reformation Europe; Magic, Religion and Science; social and economic history; and religion and society in early modern Europe. He is currently writing a book on the craft of microhistory. He is a member of the Society for Reformation Research and the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. As executive secretary of the Fruehe Neuzeit Interdisziplinaer (Conference Group in Early Modern German Studies) he co-organizes the trienniel conference in early modern studies at Duke University. He has created and directed a humanities laboratory at Duke University, a creative experiment in teaching about and promoting microhistory as a popular genre of history writing.   His recent interests explore the methods of microhistory and the ways microhistory can inform the arts and film.

Duke Magazine, "A Witch's Brew," July/August 2009

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of History · 2009 - Present History, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Bass Fellow · 2016 - Present History, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Virginia · 1981 Ph.D.
Duke University · 1974 B.A.