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Dr Jon BalserakPhD(Edin.)

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

I research the Renaissance and Early Modern periods, specializing in intellectual, religious, and cultural history.

I work specifically on the French Reformation, primarily the Huguenots and those supporting the French Reformed churches such as John Calvin, Guillaume Farel, Theodore Beza, and Francois Hotman. I also work on the Swiss Reformation, including all aspects of Genevan religious life.  

My work on the Renaissance is broader and includes publishing and esoteric knowledge. I recently, for instance, published an article on Theodore Bibliander's motivations behind his work on the Machumetis Saracenorum.

I have an abiding interest in the topic of authority, which has led me to publish on the history of biblical interpretation and, specifically, the quest for authority and authoritative sources of knowledge during the medieval and Early Modern eras. I have also published on the history of science.  

I work in the digital humanities, specifically electronic editing and digital editions.

I would be interested in supervising PhD students who wish to work on any subject overlapping with the research interests set out above.  In addition, I supervise research on seventeenth century puritanism, Lutheran orthodoxy, and the Scottish and English Reformations.


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Postal address:
3 Woodland Road
United Kingdom