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Douglas F. Jones

Instructor/ Director of Religious Studies

Judaic Studies


As a historian of religious traditions, Jones is interested in the way in which minority Christian movements communicate with the outside world. While his research focuses on religious dissent in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, he also studies the shifting meanings of religious radicalism, the history of biblical interpretation, and theories and methods in the study of religion. Jones' work has appeared in The Journal of Religion and Theater, Nova Religio, Sixteenth Century Journal and Church History.


  • PhD, University of Iowa
  • MA, University of Chicago
  • BA, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Research Interests

  • European Reformation, 16th and 17th Century England, Religious Dissent, Methods in the Study of Religion
  • Reception of foundational or orthodox religious texts by supposedly radical Christian groups
  • Sixteenth-century debates over Protestant biblical interpretation
  • New religious movements in twentieth-century America

Research Profile