October 17, 1996
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  Historian Robert W. Scribner Appointed to Faculty of Divinity

Robert W. Scribner, University Lecturer and Reader in the Social History of Early Modern Europe at Cambridge University, has been appointed professor of Modern European Christianity at the Divinity School.

Scribner has taught since 1981 at Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Clare College. He also lectured in history at King's College, University of London, and at Portsmouth Polytechnic. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Sydney and a Ph.D. from the University of London. His teaching and research interests include the cultural impact of the German Reformation, social and economic history, popular religion and culture, piety and images, and historical anthropology in early modern Europe.

Scribner is the author and editor of many articles and books, including For the Sake of Simple Folk: Popular Propaganda for the German Reformation (1981, 1994), Popular Culture and Popular Movements in Reformation Germany (1987), The Reformation in National Context (1994), and Germany: A New Social and Economic History (1996).

"Robert Scribner is an internationally recognized scholar and distinguished Reformation historian whose work embodies the current creativity in the field of modern European Christianity," said Dean Ronald F. Thiemann. "I am delighted that he will be joining our faculty."

"Robert Scribner's record as a teacher in undergraduate and graduate education is unsurpassed, and he is clearly one of the leading scholars of his generation in modern European religious history. We feel most fortunate to have succeeded in bringing him to Harvard," said William R. Hutchison, Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America.

Scribner and his wife, Lois Rutherford, a social worker, have two children, Samuel, 7, and Ellen, 5.


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