History Faculty

Jeff Brautigam
Jeff Brautigam

Jeff Brautigam

Professor of History

(812) 866-7277

brautgm@hanover.edu

Biography:

Professor Brautigam teaches Modern European History and specializes in the History of Science and Victorian Britain.

Education:

Ph.D., University of Florida
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Dan Murphy
Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy '81

Professor of History / Director of the CFI / Humanities Division Head

(812) 866-7222

murphy@hanover.edu

Biography:

Professor Murphy teaches Modern American History and specializes in American Cultural and Military History.

Education:

Ph.D., Northwestern University
J. Michael Raley
J. Michael Raley

J. Michael Raley

Assistant Professor of History

(812) 866-7205

raleyjm@hanover.edu

Biography:

Raley joined the faculty at Hanover College in 2013, where he teaches courses on medieval Europe, the Italian Renaissance, Tudor and Stuart England, the Reformation era and the Modern West. Prior to his arrival, Raley taught at Alma College in Michigan, Wake Forest University, Northeastern Illinois University and the University of Chicago.

His research interests focus on legal, social, gender, and cultural history of medieval and early modern Europe, especially on the evolution of rights theory, in particular the right to freedom of religion, during the late medieval and early modern eras.

Education:

B.M., Belmont College, Nashville, Tennessee
M.M., The University of Louisville
M.A., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
D.M.A., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville.
Ph.D., The University of Chicago

Publications:

REVIEW
"Review of Religious Conflict and Accommodation in the Early Modern World." Edited by Marguerite Ragnow and William D. Phillips, Jr. Minneapolis: Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota, 2011. In the Journal of World History, vol. 24, no. 2 (June 2013): 426-430.

ARTICLES
"A Revised Chronology for the Inquisitors of the Brothers and Sisters of the Common Life, ca. 1394 -- ca. 1409." Ons Geestelijk Erf (Our Spiritual Heritage, Antwerp, Belgium), vol. 83, no. 1 (2012): 57-95.

"Traversing Borders -- Defining Boundaries: Cosmopolitan Harmonies and Confessional Theology in Georg Rhau's Liturgical Publications." The Sixteenth Century Journal, vol. 43, no. 4 (2012): 1079-1105.

"Interconfessionalism and Confessionalization in Germany and Austria, ca. 1530-1545: The Chorale Motets and Polemical Works of Arnold von Bruck and Stephan Mahu." In Jubilate, Amen! A Festschrift in Honor of Donald P. Hustad, ed. Paul A Richardson and Timothy W. Sharp, 315-356. Hillsdale, N.Y.: Pendragon Press, 2010.

"'On the Same Basis as the Men': The Campaign to Reinstate Women Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, 1885-1918." Journal of Southern Religion 7 (2004) at: http://jsr.fsu.edu/Volume7/Raley1.htm.

BOOKS
"Minds and Hearts in Praise of God: Hymns and Essays in Church Music in Honor of Hugh T. McElrath." Co-edited by J. Michael Raley and Deborah Carlton Loftis. Franklin, Tenn.: Hillsboro Press/Providence House, 2006.

ARTICLES CURRENTLY IN PROGRESS INCLUDE:
"The Emergence of Religious Freedom: Continental Anabaptists, English and Colonial American Baptists, and the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution," tracing a direct line from the continental Anabaptists of the 16th century to the English Baptists of the early 17th century and the fight for religious, as well as political, freedom in the American colonies during the late 18th century.

"Pope Honorius III's Bull, Super Speculam and the Study of Roman Law at the University of Paris, 1219-1679," challenging the longstanding paradigm that asserts that Roman law, having been prohibited by the pope in 1219, was never taught at the University of Paris between that year and 1679, when it was finally reinstated by King Louis XIV.

"Parisian Chancellor Jean Gerson, Friar Mathew Grabow and the Devotio Moderna at the Council of Constance," which examines the trial of Dominican Mathew Grabow at the Council of Constance in 1417-19 and the implications that it held for his religious opponents, the Dutch and German lay religious brothers and sisters known collectively as the "Modern Devout."

BOOK IN PROGRESS:
Geert Groote and the Devotio Moderna: Pursuing the philosophia Dei during the Crisis of the Great Schism, which will reexamine the late medieval Dutch lay religious folk known as the "Modern Devout" in light of recent scholarship and the author's own archival research.

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Larry Thornton
Larry Thornton

Larry Thornton

Professor of History

(812) 866-7201

thornton@hanover.edu

Biography:

Professor Thornton teaches Modern European History and specializes in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.

Teaching: Tsarist Russia, Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Holocaust, Genocide, French Revolution and Napoleon, World in 1968, World Since 1945.
Travel Courses: History and Literature of Modern Ireland, War in Vietnam, Russia.

International Experience: Travel to +30 countries. HC Faculty International Study Tour to Soviet Union, 1991. HC Faculty International Study Tour to China, 1993. HC Faculty International Study Tour to Holocaust Sites in Netherlands, Belgium, German, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Israel, 2005. Joseph J. Malone Faculty Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies (travel to United Arab Emirates and Oman), 1993.

Awards: Arthur and Ilene Baynham Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1991 and 2004.

Education:

Ph.D., University of Illinois

Teaching Areas / Expertise / Specializations:

Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. Attitudes about War as Expressed by Oxford University Students, 1919-1939.
Matthew Vosmeier
Matthew Vosmeier

Matthew Vosmeier

Professor of History

(812) 866-7211

vosmeier@hanover.edu

Biography:

Professor Vosmeier teaches Early American History and specializes in antebellum politics and culture.

Education:

Ph.D.; Indiana University
Sarah McNair Vosmeier
Sarah McNair Vosmeier

Sarah McNair Vosmeier

Professor of History

(812) 866-7210

vosm@hanover.edu

Biography:

Professor Vosmeier teaches post-Civil War American History and specializes in the History of Women and the Family.

Education:

Ph.D.; Indiana University

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