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

Karin Maag presented a paper on “Calvin in Elizabethan England” at the International Calvin Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, in August 2014. She also joined the Congress Praesidium (steering committee) and chaired six of the presentations given by other scholars. In October 2014, she traveled to Seoul, South Korea, where she was one of two plenary speakers at the inauguration of the Reformed Theology Research Center at Chongshin Seminary. Over the course of a week, she gave five lectures at Chongshin University, Chongshin Seminary, and Torch Trinity Seminary. In November 2014, her most recent work, a co-edited volume of contributions honoring the memory of the late Calvin scholar Robert Kingdon was published by Droz: Politics, Gender, and Belief: the Long-Term Impact of the Reformation

Most recently, she co-directed an NEH Summer Institute at Calvin (July 2016) on "Teaching the Reformation after Five Hundred Years." 

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

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  • Seminary or University? The Genevan Academy and Reformed Higher Education. St Andrews Studies in Reformation History, Aldershot, 1995.
Edited Volumes
Articles and Book Chapters
  • “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.
  • “Recteur, pasteur et professeur: Théodore de Bèze et l’éducation à Genève.” In Théodore de Bèze 1519-1605: Actes du Colloque de Genève (septembre 2005), edited by Irena Backus. Droz, 2007.
  • “John Calvin” for the Dictionary of Literary Biography: Sixteenth Century French Writers. Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., 2006.
  • “Hero or Villain? Interpretations of John Calvin and His Legacy.” Calvin Theological Journal 41 (2006), 222-237.
  • “Preaching Practice: Reformed Students’ Sermons.” In The Formation of Clerical and Confessional Identities in Early Modern Europe, edited by Wim Janse and Barbara Pitkin. Brill, 2005.
  • “Higher Education for Melanchthon and Calvinism: A Comparative Approach.” In Melanchthon und der Calvinismus, edited by Günter Frank and Herman Selderhuis. Frommann-Holzboog, 2005.
  • “Early Editions and Translations of the Heidelberg Catechism.” In An Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism: Sources, History and Theology, edited by Lyle Bierma. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005.
  • “Called to be a Pastor: Issues of Vocation in the Early Modern Period.” Sixteenth Century Journal 35/1 (2004): 65-78.
  • “Calvin in Context: Current Resources” (with Paul Fields). In The Cambridge Companion to John Calvin, edited by Donald McKim. Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • “The Portrait of a Difficult Student: Marc Cuvat and the Genevan Authorities.” History of Universities 19/1 (2004): 102-118.
  • “Conciliation and the French Huguenots, 1561-1610.” In Conciliation and Confession: The Struggle for Unity in the Age of Reform, 1415-1648, edited by Randall Zachman and Howard Loutham. University of Notre Dame Press, 2004.
  • “The Huguenot Academies: Preparing for an Uncertain Future.” In Tolerant Absolutism? Society and Culture in the Huguenot World, c. 1559-1685, edited by Raymond Mentzer and Andrew Spicer. Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • “Education and Printing in the French Vernacular.” In The Sixteenth Century French Religious Book, edited by Philip Conner, Paul Nelles, and Andrew Pettegree. Ashgate, 2001.
  • “Calvin’s Academic and Educational Legacy.” In 1999 Calvin Studies Society Colloquia, edited by David Foxgrover. CSS, 2000.
  • “Education and Literacy.” In The Reformation World, edited by Andrew Pettegree. Routledge, 1999.
  • “Academic Education and the Real World in the Ssixteenth Century Reformation.” Fides et Historia XXX:2, Summer/Fall 1998.
  • “The Spectre of Ignorance: The Provision of Education in the Swiss Cities.” In Fear in Early Modern Society, edited by W. G. Naphy and P. Roberts. Manchester, 1997.
  • “Financing Education: the Zurich Approach, 1550-1620.” In Reformations Old and New, edited by Beat Kümin. St Andrews Studies in Reformation History, Aldershot, 1996.
  • “Education and Training for the Calvinist Ministry: The Academy of Geneva, 1559-1620.” In The Reformation of the Parishes, edited by A. Pettegree. Manchester, 1993.
Book Reviews and Notices
  • David Hall, Tributes to John Calvin: A Celebration of his Quincentenary for Fides et Historia 43 (1) 2011: 72-73.
  • Matthieu Arnold, Johannes Sturm (1507-1589) for the Journal of Ecclesiastical History 62 (1) 2011: 169-70.
  • Martin Scheutz et al., eds, Hospitals and Institutional Care in Medieval and Early Modern Europe for Sixteenth Century Journal 41 (2) 2010: 590-91.
  • M. A. Vester, Jacques de Savoie-Nemours for Sixteenth Century Journal 41 (3) 2010: 888-889.
  • Emidio Campi et al., eds, Scholarly Knowledge: Textbooks in Early Modern Europe for the Journal of Ecclesiastical History 61 (1) 2010: 186.
  • Dean Bell, Jews in the Early Modern World for Sixteenth Century Journal 40 (2) 2009: 603-04
  • Ingeborg Jostock, La Censure négociée: le contrôle du livre à Genève 1560-1620 for Sixteenth Century Journal 40 (3) 2009: 916-17.
  • Sandra Coram-Mekkey, Paule Hochuli Dubuis, and Gilles-Olivier Bron, Registres du Conseil de Genéve à l’époque de Calvin, 2 vols. for Sixteenth Century Journal 39 (2008): 210-11.
  • Lyse Roy, L’université de Caen au XVe et XVIe siècles: Identité et representation for Sixteenth Century Journal 38 (2007): 1097.
  • Craig Harline, Miracles at the Jesus Oak: Histories of the Supernatural in Reformation Europe for Sixteenth Century Journal 36 (2005): 215-16.
  • Paul Hochuli Dubuis and Sandra Coram-Mekkey, eds., Registres du conseil de Genève à l’époque de Calvin Tome II for Calvin Theological Journal 40 (1) (2005): 133-34.
  • Max Engammare, L’Ordre du temps: l’invention de la ponctualité au xvie siècle for Calvin Theological Journal 40 (2) (2005): 353-4.
  • Scott Hendrix, Recultivating the Vineyard: The Reformation Agendas of Christianization for Calvin Theological Journal 40 (2) (2005): 358-59.
  • Thomas Lambert, Isabella Watt, and Robert Kingdon, eds., Registres du consistoire de Genève au temps de Calvin Tome III for Calvin Theological Journal 40 (2) (2005): 362-64.
  • Fornerod, Nicolas, Philippe Boros, Gabriella Cahier and Matteo Campagnolo, eds., Registres de la Compagnie des Pasteurs de Genève for Sixteenth Century Journal 35 (2004): 229-31.
  • Cornelis P. Venema, Heinrich Bullinger and the Doctrine of Predestination: Author of“The Other Reformed Tradition”? for Religious Studies Review 30 (2004): 77.
  • Philip Benedict, Christ’s Churches Purely Reformed: a Social History of Calvinism for Religious Studies Review 30 (2004): 78.
  • Glenn Sunshine, Reforming French Protestantism: The Development of Huguenot Ecclesiastical Institutions, 1557-1572 for Fides et Historia 36 (2004): 152-54.
  • Jean Taffin, The Marks of God’s Children for Religious Studies Review 30 (2004): 213-14.
  • Philip S. Gorski, The Disciplinary Revolution: Calvinism and the Rise of the State In Early Modern Europe for Religious Studies Review 30 (2004): 214.
  • James Veazie Skalnik, Ramus and Reform: University and Church at the End of the Renaissance for The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 54 (2003): 564.
  • Maria Craciun, Ovidiu Ghitta and Graeme Murdock, eds., Confessional Identity in East-Central Europe for Slavic Review 62/3 (2003): 571-73.
  • John L. Flood and David J. Shaw, Johannes Sinapius (1505-1560): Hellenist and Physician in Germany and Italy for Calvin Theological Journal 36 (2001): 224.
  • Dewey Hoitenga, John Calvin and the Will: A Critique and Corrective for Calvin Theological Journal 36 (2001): 179-80.
  • Donald McKim, ed., Calvin’s Institutes: Abridged Edition for Religious Studies Review 27 (2001): 303.
  • Graeme Murdock, Calvinism on the Frontier 1600-1660: International Calvinism and the Reformed Church in Hungary and Transylvania for Slavic Review 60 (2001): 625-26.
  • George H. Tavard, The Starting Point of Calvin’s Theology for Religious Studies Review 27 (2001): 302-3.
  • Gerrit Voogt, Constraint on Trial: Dirck Volckertsz Coornhert and Religious Freedom for Faith and History 33 (2001): 151-52.
  • Peter Matheson, The Imaginative World of the Reformation for Calvin Theological Journal 36 (2001): 443.
  • Timothy Fehler, Poor Relief and Protestantism: The Evolution of Social Welfare in Sixteenth-Century Emden for Calvin Theological Journal 35 (2000): 348-49.
  • Auke Jelsma, Frontiers of the Reformation for Sixteenth Century Journal 31 (2000): 164-65.
  • Roger A. Mason, ed., John Knox and the British Reformations for Calvin Theological Journal 35 (2000): 382.
  • Elsie McKee, Katharina Schütz Zell for Calvin Theological Journal 35 (2000): 354-56.
  • John B. Roney and Martin I. Klauber, eds., The Identity of Geneva: the Christian Commonwealth 1564-1864 for The American Historical Review, 105 (2000): 306.

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