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Benno P. Lowe
Ph.D., Georgetown University 
Professor and Chair, Fellow of The Royal Historical Society

Areas of Expertise
Tudor-Stuart England
Early Modern Europe
European Religious and Intellectual History

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Dr. Lowe, who is currently serving as Chair of the History Department, specializes in early modern European history, with particular attention to the mid-Tudor period.  His research focuses on the religion, social ideology and political culture of England during the early Reformation (c.1530-60).  At the moment, he is working on a book about Bishop John Hooper (d.1555) and how his theology was interpreted within particular social settings.
His most recent publication, Commonwealth and the English Reformation:  Protestantism of Religious Change in the Gloucester Vale, 1483-1560 (Ashgate, 2010), examines the initial process of reform as carried out by local leaders in the city of Gloucester and the surrounding area.  Other recent publications include the articles "Peace," "Peace and Truce of God," and "Just War - Just Motive," in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology (Oxford University Press, 2010, " Dulce bellum inexpertis: Stoicism, Erasmian Humanism and the Original of the Western Peace Ethic," (ATINER, 2005);  "Teaching in the 'Schole of Christ': Learning, Law and Love in Early Lollard Pacifism," Catholic Historical Review 90 (2004): 405-38; "Peace," in the New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (Scribners, 2004), vol. 4, pp. 1724-27; 5 articles in the New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004); 2 articles in the Reader's Guide to British History (Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003); and "A War to End all Wars?  Protestant Subversions of Henry VIII's Final Scottish and French Campaigns (1542-45)," in Peace and Negotiation:  Strategies for Co-existence in Early Modern England (Brepols, 2001).  He has also published , Imagining Peace:  A History of Early English Pacifist Thought-1340-1560 (Penn State Press, 1997).

Dr. Lowe is a Fellow of The Royal Historical Society, the recipient of several grants, including one from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has been a scholar-in-residence at Duke University  His other awards include College Researcher of the Year and University Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.  His expertise in both religious and English history has been called upon frequently by various media, and he has given many public lectures before civic, religious, and cultural organizations.

In addition, Dr. Lowe has presented papers and given lectures at numerous scholarly venues including the American Historical Association, North American Conference on British Studies, the York Centre for Medieval Studies, the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, the American Society of Religion, and the International Society for the Study of European Ideas.  He reviews books for a variety of scholarly journals, including Albion, Sixteenth Century Journal, The Historian, Literature and History, Church History, and the Catholic Historical Review.

Undergraduate Courses
  • Introduction to Historical Research
  • Women in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • World Civilization 1
  • Tudor-Stuart England
  • Renaissance Europe (1350-1500)
  • Reformation Europe (1500-1650)
  • Early Modern Europe (1650-1789)
  • History of Christianity to 1500
  • History of Christianity since 1500
  • Rogues, Pirates and Outcasts in Early Modern England
  • History of Western Ideas
  • History of European Sexuality

Graduate Courses

  •  Seminar in Tudor Political Thought
  • Readings in Tudor-Stuart History
  • Seminar in European Intellectual History (1300-1550)
  • Readings in Renaissance and Reformation History  
  • Seminar on The Tudor-Stuart Commonwealth    




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