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Sean F. Dunwoody

Assistant Professor, Early Modern Europe
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2012
Office: LN 1122
Phone: (607) 777 3757


My research focuses on the interplay and tensions between religious identity and expression, local civic and social life, and the institutional and interregional conflicts of early modern states. In particular, I am interested in the ways in which everyday social practices changed to accommodate the radical social, political, and intellectual changes in the aftermath of the Reformation, during the turbulent sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

My first book, based on my dissertation and currently under preparation, examines the ways in which the new realities of religious division in one German city-republic, the Imperial City of Augsburg, were accommodated in the pell-mell of everyday life—in ways of doing and thinking about politics and religion, ways of defining and engaging in urban space, and emotional practices.

Current project

Practicing peace: Politics, religion, space, and emotion in sixteenth-century Augsburg (in preparation)

Recent or current undergraduate courses

Race and Religion in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Era

Witches, the Devil, and Magic in the Early Modern Era

World History till 1500

Recent or current graduate course

History of Emotions in Premodern Europe


"Civic Peace as Spatial Practice. Calming Confessional Tensions in Augsburg, 1547-1600," in Spatial Practice—Medieval Modern, ed. Markus Stock and Nicola Vöhringer (Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2014), 207-240.

"Civic and Confessional Memories in Conflict: A Case from Sixteenth-Century Germany," in Memory before modernity. Practices of memory in early modern Europe, ed. Erika Kuijpers et al. (Boston: Brill, 2013), 77-92.

Grants and fellowships

Overseas Dissertation Research Grant, University of Chicago, 2008-2009

Research fellowship, Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz, Germany, 2007-2008

Research grant, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, 2006-2007

Research grant, Fulbright-IIE (declined), 2006-2007

Kunstadter research grant, University of Chicago, 2005

Last Updated: 8/12/16