Karin Maag

Karin Maag


  • B.A., Western Society and Culture/Religion, Concordia University, Montreal
  • M.Phil., Renaissance and Reformation History, University of Saint Andrews, Scotland
  • Ph.D., Reformation History, University of Saint Andrews, Scotland


Karin Maag is the Director of the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies (in Hekman Library), one of the world's foremost collections of works on or by John Calvin. She has directed the Center since 1997.

Her teaching in the history department currently focuses on teaching sections of History 151 online.

Outside of work, Professor Maag enjoys bike riding, baking, reading historical fiction, and choral singing.

Academic interests

  • Early modern education
  • Training of ministers in the sixteenth century
  • Relations between civil and ecclesiastical authorities in early modern cities

Recent activities

Recent Activities: Karin Maag is currently serving as adjunct faculty at Calvin Theological Seminary, teaching classes in church history, and leading independent studies for students in the ThM program. She teaches regularly for the Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning. She is also the editor and book review editor of the Calvin Theological Journal. After a very busy year in 2017 commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, she is now focusing on the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt, that met in Dordrecht from November 1618 to May 1619. Plans for the commemoration include a conference in September 2018 at Calvin Theological Seminary, and an exhibit on the Statenvertaling (the Dutch Bible translation from the original Hebrew and Greek, set in motion by the Synod of Dordt and first published in 1637) in the Meeter Center from September to November 2018. Her recent publications include articles and book chapters on the absence of the French delegates at the Synod of Dordt, on Psalm-singing in Calvin’s Geneva, on the office of deacon in the Huguenot church, and on continuing Catholic practices in Protestant Geneva. Her current research project focuses on a comparative study of worship practices across confessional groups in the Reformation era.

Read Karin Maag's posts on Historical Horizons, the history department blog.


  • Seminary or University? The Genevan Academy and Reformed Higher Education. St Andrews Studies in Reformation History, Aldershot, 1995.
Edited Volumes
Recent Articles and Book Chapters
  • “A Debated Office: Deacons in the Huguenot Church, 1560-1660” in Emancipating Calvin: Culture and Confessional Identity in Francophone Reformed Communities edited by Karen Spierling, Erik de Boer and Ward Holder. Leiden: Brill, 2018
  • Permeable Borders: Cross-Confessional Encounters and Traditions in Reformation Geneva” in Semper Reformanda: John Calvin, Worship and Reformed Traditions edited by Barbara Pitkin. Goettingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018.
  • Impact amid absence: the Synod of Dordt and the French Huguenots” In die Skriflig 52/2 (2018) https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v52i2.2340
  • The Place and Image of Luther in Calvinist/Reformed Historiography” in Luther and Calvinism: Image and Reception of Martin Luther in the History and Theology of Calvinism edited by Herman Selderhuis and J. Marius J. Lange van Ravenswaay (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017)
  • No Better Songs”: John Calvin and the Genevan Psalter in the Sixteenth Century and Today” The Hymn: A Journal of Congregational Song 68/4 (2017): 28-33
  • Schools and Education, 1500-1600” in A Companion to the Swiss Reformation edited by Amy Nelson Burnett and Emidio Campi (Brill, 2016)
  • Calvin’s Impact in Elizabethan England” in Calvinus Pastor Ecclesiae: Papers of the Eleventh International Congress on Calvin Research (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016)
  • Pulpit and Pen: Pastors and Professors as Shapers of the Huguenot Tradition” in A Companion to the Huguenots edited by Raymond Mentzer and Bertrand van Ruymbeke (Brill, 2016)
  • The Reformation and Higher Education” in Protestantism after 500 Years edited by T. A. Howard and Mark Noll (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • Geneva and the Myth of the Escalade” Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte 106 (2015): 273-89
  • "Theodore Beza.” The Expository Times (November 2014): 1-9
  • “From Professors to Pastors: the Convoluted Careers of Jean Diodati and Théodore Tronchin.” In Church and School in Early Modern Protestantism: Studies in Honor of Richard A. Muller on the Maturation of a Theological Tradition, edited by Jordan Ballor, David Sytsma, and Jason Zuidema. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
  • “Getting Engaged: The Joys of Studying History.”In Practically Human: College Professors Speak from the Heart of Humanities Education, (edited by Gary Schmidt and Matthew Walhout. Grand Rapids: Calvin Press, 2012.
  • “Catechisms and Confessions of Faith.” In T&T Clark Companion to Reformation Theology, edited by David Whitford. London: T&T Clark, 2012.
  • “Calvin 2009: the results.” In Calvin Clarissimus Theologus: Papers of the Tenth International Congress on Calvin Research, edited by Herman Selderhuis. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012).
  • "Strong Roots for a Vibrant Future." In Reformed Mission in an Age of Reformed Christianity: Ideas for the 21st Century. Edited by Shirley Roels. Calvin Press, 2011.
  • "Calvin as the Ideal Teacher." In Saint or Sinner? The Reformation of John Calvin (1509-1564). Edited by Herman Selderhuis. Mohr Siebeck, 2010.
  • "John Calvin after 500 years: Life and Impact" [review article]. Sixteenth Century Journal 41/1 (2010): 122-30.
  • "Calvin research: tools, institutions and the state of research" and "Calvin and Students." In The Calvin Handbook. Edited by Herman Selderhuis. Eerdmans, 2009.

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