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Thomas Robisheaux, Associate Professor, History

Thomas Robisheaux
Contact Info:
Office Location:  202 Classroom Building
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3014
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • HISTORY 260D.001, MAGIC/REL/SCI SINCE 1400 Synopsis
    Reuben-Coo 126, MW 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as MEDREN 287D.001)
  • HISTORY 260D.01D, MAGIC/REL/SCI SINCE 1400 Synopsis
    Perkins 065, W 03:30 PM-04:20 PM
    (also cross-listed as MEDREN 287D.01D)
  • HISTORY 260D.02D, MAGIC/REL/SCI SINCE 1400 Synopsis
    Class Bldg 106, F 01:45 PM-02:35 PM
    (also cross-listed as MEDREN 287D.02D)

Ph.D.University of Virginia1981
ABDuke University1974
B.A.Duke University1974

Medieval and Early Modern History
Medieval & Early Modern Studies
Politics, Public Life and Governance
Legal History
Cultural History
European and Russia
Global and Comparative
Research Interests:

Dr. Robisheaux is an early modern European historian with particular interests in social and cultural history, German-speaking Central Europe, the Renaissance, and Reformation. Author of Rural Society and the Search for Order in Early Modern Germany, Lost Worlds, and many articles, he teaches an introduction to European history; Reformation Europe; Magic, Religion and Science since the Renaissance; and the social and economic history of Europe. He is currently working on witchcraft. He is a member of the Society for Reformation Research, the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, and serves as a North American contributing editor to the Archive for Reformation History.


Europe • Central Europe • Germany • Early Modern • Renaissance • Reformation • Witchcraft

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

Postdocs Mentored

  • Anke Fischer-Kattner (2013-2014)  
  • Romedio Schmitz-Esser (2011 - present)  
  • Dr. Markus Friedrich (2003-04)  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Robisheaux, T, Microhistory and the historical imagination: New frontiers, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 47 no. 1 (January, 2017), pp. 1-6, Duke University Press [doi]
  2. Robisheaux, T, Microhistory today: A roundtable discussion, edited by Robisheaux, T, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 47 no. 1 (January, 2017), pp. 7-52, Duke University Press [doi]
  3. Robisheaux, T, The German Witch Trials, in The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft, edited by Levack, B (2013), Oxford University Press, ISBN 13: 9780199578160 [available here]
  4. Robisheaux, T, L’ultima strega (2011) [scheda_opera.php]  [abs]
  5. Robisheaux, T, Penance, Confession and the Self in Early Modern Lutheranism, in Ideas and Cultural Margins: Essays in Honor of H.C. Erik Midelfort, edited by Plummer, ME; Barnes, RB (2009), pp. 117-30, Aldershot