Bruce Gordon Is Designated as the Titus Street Professor

Bruce Gordon, the newly appointed Titus Street Professor of Theology, is a specialist in late-medieval and early-modern religious history.

His particular interests include the Swiss and German Reformations, Bibles, devotional literature, the clergy, death and the dead, historical writing and historiography. He is the author of a recent biography of John Calvin titled “Calvin,” published by the Yale University Press. His other books include “The Swiss Reformation,” which was named by Choice magazine as an “Outstanding Publication” for 2003, and “Clerical Reformation and the Rural Reformation.” He has edited books on the development of Protestant historical writing, the place of the dead in late-medieval and early-modern society and the Swiss reformer Heinrich Bullinger.

Gordon is co-editor of a forthcoming book, “Finding Christian Models: The Shaping of Culture in Reformation Zurich,” and author of “Imperial Dreams: Europe in the 15th Century,” which will also be published next year.

A native of Canada and a Presbyterian layman, Gordon joined the Yale Divinity School faculty in 2008 after teaching since 1994 at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he was also deputy director of the St. Andrews Reformation Institute. At Yale, he holds a secondary appointment in the Department of History.

Gordon earned his B.A. at King’s College of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, an M.A. at Dalhousie University and a Ph.D. at the University of St. Andrews.

His awards and honors include the Sir Harold Mitchell Research Fellowship for full funding of his doctoral studies, a fellowship at the Institut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz, Germany, and a research grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Board for a project he heads on the Latin Bible of the 16th century.

Gordon has served as editor of St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History, among other professional activities.

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