Charles Parker, Ph.D.

Chair
Department of History


Courses Taught

Origins of the Modern World to 1500 (World History); Origins of the Modern World 1500 to present (World History); The Historians Craft: Proseminar; Reformation Europe; Daily Life in Early Modern Europe; The Rise of Merchant Empires; Cultural Encounters in the Early Modern World; Merchants and Missionaries in the Early Modern World; Witchcraft and Magic in Early Modern Europe; Survey of the Middle Ages, 1100 to 1500; Empires and Interactions in the Early Modern World; Crossroads: An Introduction to Honors; Professional Writing for Historians; Readings in Early Modern Europe; The Reformation (Research Seminar); Conversion and Religious Identity in the Early Modern World (Research Seminar); Readings in Catholicism in Protestant Europe; Religious Conversion and Compulsion (Research Seminar); Readings in Social Discipline in Early Modern Europe; Readings in Martyrs and Martyrdom in Reformation Europe; Social Discipline in Early Modern Europe (Research Seminar)

Education

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1992
M.A., Auburn University, 1986
B.A., Auburn University, 1981

Publications and Media Placements

Books

Global Interactions in the Early Modern Age, 1400-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 2010) (Italian edition: Relazioni globali nell’età moderna 1400-1800, Bologna:
Società editrice il Mulino, 2012).

Faith on the Margins: Catholics and Catholicism in the Dutch Golden Age (Cambridge,
Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2008).

The Reformation of Community, Social Welfare and Calvinist Charity in Holland, 1572-
1620 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998; paperback ed., 2006).

Co-edited (with Gretchen Starr-Lebeau), Judging Faith, Punishing Sin: Inquisitions and
Consistories in the Early Modern World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Co-edited (with Timothy Fehler, Greta Kroeker, and Jonathan Ray, Religious Diaspora in
Early Modern Europe: Strategies of Exile (London: Pickering and Chatto Publishers, 2013).

Co-edited (with Jerry Bentley): From the Middle Ages to Modernity: Individual and
Community in the Early Modern World (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers,
2007).

Co-edited (with Donald T. Critchlow), With Us Always: A History of Private Charity and
Public Welfare (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1998).
In Progress

“Global Calvinism: Conversion and Commerce in the Dutch Empire, 1600-1800”
(Completed first draft April 2016; currently revising. Projected date of completion, December
2018).

Articles

“In Dialogue with the World: Hugo Grotius’ Vision of Global Citizenship and Christian
Unity,” Journal of Policy History 27 2 (2015): 364-381.

“The Reformation in Global Perspective,” History Compass (2014): 1-11.

“Diseased Bodies, Defiled Souls: Corporality and Religious Difference in the Reformation,”
Renaissance Quarterly 67 4 (2014): 1265-97.

“Converting souls across cultural borders: Dutch Calvinism and early modern missionary
enterprises,” Journal of Global History 8 (2013): 50-71.

“Enregister les péchés pour favoriser la reconciliation. Les archives des consistoires des
Église des réformées de Hollande,” (trans. Philippe Chareyre) Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire
du Protestantisme Français 153-4 (2007): 613-634.

“Paying for the Privilege: The Management of Public Order and Religious Pluralism in
Two Early Modern Societies,” Journal of World History 17(2006): 267-296.

“Pilgrims’ Progress: Narratives of Penitence and Reconciliation in the Dutch Reformed
Church,” Journal of Early Modern History: Contacts, Comparisons, Contexts 5 (2001): 222-240.

"Two Generations of Discipline: Moral Reform in Delft before and after the Synod of Dort,"
Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte 92 (2001): 268-284.

"To the Attentive, Non-partisan Reader: The Appeal to History and National Identity in the
Religious Disputes of the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands," The Sixteenth Century Journal 28
(1997): 57-78.

"The Moral Agency and Moral Autonomy of Church Folk in post-Reformation Delft, 1520-
1620," The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 48 (1997): 44-70 (republished in Critical Concepts:
The Reformation, ed. Andrew Pettegree (New York: Routledge, 2004).

"Moral Supervision and Poor Relief in the Reformed Church of Delft, 1579-1609," Archiv
für Reformationsgeschichte 87 (1996): 334-61.

"Public Church and Household of Faith: Competing Visions of the Church in Post-
Reformation Delft, 1572-1617" Journal of Religious History 17(1993): 418-438.

"French Calvinists as the Children of Israel, An Old Testament Self-Consciousness in Jean
Crespin's Histoire des martyrs, Before the Wars of Religion," Sixteenth Century Journal 24
2(1993): 227-248.

"Bourges to Geneva: Methodological Links Between Legal Humanists and Calvinist
Reformers." Comitatus, 20(1989): 59-70.

Forthcoming: “Languages of Salvation: Translating Christianity in the Global Reformation,”
Archiv fur Reformationsgeschichte 108(2017): 202-211 (special edition commemorating the 500th
anniversary of the Reformation).

Forthcoming: “Heathens Abroad, Heretics at Home: Dutch Catholicism as Global
Mission,” Trajecta: Religion, Culture, and Society in the Low Countries (2017).

Book Chapters 

“Entrepreneurs, Families, and Companies,” in Cambridge Companion to World History,
vol. 6, Jerry H. Bentley, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Merry Wiesner-Hanks eds. (Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 2015), 190-212.

“Missionaries as Exiles: Calvinist Strategies of Restoration in Communities under the Dutch
East India Company,” in Religious Diaspora in Early Modern Europe: Strategies of Exile, Timothy
Fehler, Greta Kroeker, Charles Parker, and Jonathan Ray eds. (London: Pickering and Chatto
Publishers, 2013), 61-73.

“The pillars of a new community. Conflicts and cooperation over poor relief in post-
Reformation Holland,” in Serving the Urban Community: The Rise of Public Facilities in the
Low Countries, Martijn van der Burg, Manon van der Heijden, Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk
and Griet Vermeesch eds. (Amsterdam: Aksant Press, 2009), 155-167.

“Cooperative Confessionalization: Lay-Clerical Collaboration in Dutch Catholic
Communities during the Golden Age,” in Catholic Communities in Protestant States, 1580-1720,
Benjamin Kaplan, Bob Moore, H.F.K. van Nierop, and Judith Pollmann eds. (Manchester:
Manchester University Press, 2009), 18-32.

“Inpartibus Infidelium: Calvinism and Catholic Identity in the Dutch Republic,” in John
Calvin and Roman Catholicism, Randall Zachman ed. (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic,
2008), 119-144.

“Obedience with an attitude: laity and clergy in the Dutch Catholic Church of the
seventeenth century,” in The Low Countries as the Crossroads of Religious Belief, Arie van
Gelderbloom, Jan L. de Jong, and Mark van Vaeck eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2004), 177-96.

“Calvinism and Poor Relief in Reformation Holland,” in The Reformation of Charity:
The Secular and the Religious in Early Modern Poor Relief, Thomas Max Safley ed. (Leiden: EJ
Brill, 2003), 107-120.

"The Rituals of Reconciliation: Admonition, Confession and Community in the Dutch
Reformed Church," in Penitence in the Age of Reformations, Katherine Lualdi and Anne Thayer,
eds. (St. Andrews: Reformation Studies Institute (2000), 101-115.

"Poor Relief and Community in the Early Dutch Republic," in With Us Always: A History of
Private Charity and Public Welfare, Donald T. Critchlow and Charles H. Parker, eds. (Lanham,
Md.: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1998), 13-36.

Forthcoming: “The Seduction of Idols: Dutch Calvinist Readings of Worship and Society
in Seventeenth-Century Asia” in Semper Reformanda: Calvin: Worship, and Reformed
Traditions, Barbara Pitkin ed. (Amsterdam: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017).

Forthcoming: “Reformed Protestantism,” in Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden
Age, Geert Janssen and Helmer Helmers eds. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Encyclopedia Entries 

“Belgic Confession,” “Bellarmino Roberto,” “Catholic Reformation,” “Charles V,”
“Council of Trent,” “Dordt Synod of,” “Holy Roman Emperor,” “Holy Roman Empire,” “Hus
Jan,” “Low Countries,” “Rome Church of,” in R. Ward Holder ed., The Westminster Handbook
to Theologies of the Reformation (Louisville, Ky.: John Knox Press, 2010).

“Wealth and Charity,” in The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History
(Westminster, PA: John Knox Press, 2008)

“Amsterdam,” in Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, ed. Paul F. Grendler (New York:
Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1999)

"Arend Corneliszoon," "Reynier Donteclock," and "Reformation Dordrecht," in
Encyclopedia of the Reformation, ed. Hans Hillerbrand (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996)

Papers at Academic Conferences and Meetings 

American Historical Association, Washington, DC (January 2018), Co-sponsored panel by
the Sixteenth Century Journal and World Historical Association, Race, Place, and Nation in
the Early Modern World: A Pedagogical Roundtable, “The Disorders of Sex: Ethnicity
and National Identity in Dutch Asian Communities.”

Globalizing the Protestant Reformations, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California
(December 2017): “Global Calvinism: Conversion and Commerce in the Dutch Empire.”
NEH Summer Institute “Beyond East and West: The Early Modern World, 1400-1800,”
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana (June 2017): “Interactions in Early Modern World
History,” and “Dutch Travelers to Indonesia and Global Reformation Studies.”

Politics, Society, and Material Culture: A Symposium on European History (April 2017),
Auburn, Alabama: “Crown, Nobility, and Consumption in Early Modern France and the Early
Modern World.”

Renaissance Society of America (March 2017), Chicago, Illinois: Roundtable Panel,
“Global Renaissance, Methods and Practices.”

American Historical Association (January 2016), Atlanta, Georgia: “Imperial Expansion
and Religious Identities Across Early Modern Eurasia.”

Only One Small Village? Dutch Catholic Conflicts in Global Perspective (17th-18th c.)
(November 2015), Utrecht, The Netherlands: Keynote address with same title.

Master Class University of Utrecht (November 2015), Utrecht, The Netherlands, “Dutch
Calvinism and Catholicism in Global Context.”

Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 2015), St. Louis, Missouri:
“Calvinists and Conversion in Global Missionary Enterprises.”

Calvin Studies Society (April 2015), Grand Rapids, Michigan: “The Seduction of Idols:
Dutch Calvinist Readings of Worship and Society in Seventeenth-Century Asia.”

Renaissance Society of America (March 2015), Berlin, Germany: “Conversion and
Religious Identity in Dutch Overseas Communities.”

Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 2014), St. Louis, Missouri:
“Saving Souls and Observing Customs: Patterns of Calvinist Perception in the Dutch
Asian Empire.”

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (October 2013), San Juan, Puerto Rico, Plenary
Roundtable “The Reformation in Trans-regional Perspectives.”

Church and State in Historical Perspective (March 2013), Arizona State University, Tempe,
Arizona: “In Dialogue with the World: Hugo Grotius’ Global Vision of Christian Unity.”

Seminar in Early Modern Europe (February 2013), University of Kentucky, Lexington,
Kentucky, “In Dialogue with the World: Hugo Grotius’ Global Vision of Christian Unity.”

Saint Louis Art Museum Gallery Talk, November 2012, “Dutch and Italian Painting in the
Renaissance.”

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (October 2012), Cincinnati, Ohio: “Saving Souls and
Observing Customs: Patterns of Calvinist Perception in the Dutch Asian Empire.”

Early Modern Migrations: Exiles, Expulsions, Religious Refugees, 1400-1700 (April 2012),
University of Toronto, Ontario: “Conversion and Culture in Asian Communities under the Dutch
East India Company.”

Saint Louis Art Museum Gallery Talk (September 2011), “Dutch Culture in the Golden
Age.

Le Protestantisme et le Oeuvres en Europe, Institutions et Practiques Charitables (XVIe-

XIXe siecles): International Colloque, Université de Haute-Alsace (June 2011), Mulhouse, France:
“From Confessional Charity to Colonial Dole: The Reformed Diaconate in Asian Communities
under the Dutch East India Company.”

Department of History, University of Illinois at Chicago (February 2011), Chicago, Illinois:
“Zion in the Indies: Calvinism Overseas in an Age of Global Expansion.”

Early Modern Research Group, Washington University in St. Louis (November 2010), St.
Louis, Missouri: “Zion in the Indies: Calvinism Overseas in an Age of Global Expansion.”

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (October 2010), Montreal, Canada: “Salvation and
Society in Batavia: Religious Questions in the East Indies during the Age of the VOC.”

Missouri Conference on History Education (September 2009), St. Louis, Missouri: “The
Formation of the Atlantic World.”

John Calvin and His Influence, 1509-2009 (May 2009), Université de Genève, Institut
d'Histoire de la Réformation, Geneva, Switzerland: “Calvin’s Influence in South Africa.”

Public Services and Civil Community in Early Modern Europe (December 2007), The
University of Leiden, the Netherlands: “The Pillars of a New Community: Conflicts and
Cooperation over Poor Relief in post-Reformation Holland.”

NEH Summer Institute, “Teaching the Reformation in a Pluralist Age” (July 2007), Calvin
College, Grand Rapids, Michigan “Religious Discipline and the State: A Global Perspective.”

Calvin Studies Colloquium (April 2007), Notre Dame, Indiana: “Inpartibus Infidelium:
Calvinism and Catholic Identity in the Dutch Republic.”

Britain and the Netherlands: Catholic Communities in Protestant States, 1580-1720 (August
2006), Amsterdam, The Netherlands: “Cooperative Confessionalization: Lay-Clerical Collaboration
in Dutch Catholic Communities during the Golden Age.”

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (October 2005), Atlanta, Georgia: “The Humors of
Heretics: The Pathology of Conversion and Confession in the Reformation.”
La Mesure du Fait Religieux: L’Approche Methodologique des Registres Consistoraux.

Colloque International Université de Pay et des Pays de L’Adour (June 2005), Pau, France:
“Recording Sin in Promoting Reconciliation: Consistory Records of the Reformed Church in
Holland.”

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (October 2004), Toronto, Ontario: “Paying the Priest,
Feeding the Poor: Patronage and Poor Relief in Dutch Catholic Communities.”

American Society for Church History (January 2004), Washington D.C.: “Religious
Choice and Persecution in the Formation of Catholic Identity in the Dutch Golden Age.”

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (October 2003), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:
“Keeping Faith: Clergy and Laity in the Revival of Dutch Catholicism.”

Religious Conflict and Accommodation in the Early Modern World, (April 2003),
Minneapolis, Minnesota: “Paying for the Privilege: The Management of Public Order and
Religious Pluralism in Two Early Modern Societies.”

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (October 2002), San Antonio, Texas: “Calvinism and
Poor Relief in Reformation Holland.”

American Historical Association (January 2001), Boston, Massachusetts: “Using Consistory
Records to Reconstruct the Narrative of Penitence and Reconciliation in the Dutch Reformed
Church.”

American Catholic Historical Association (January 2000), Chicago, Illinois: "Coming to
Terms with Calvinists and then with Jesuits: Catholic Identity in Seventeenth-Century Holland."

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (October 1998), Toronto Ontario: "Batavia Sacra:
The Place of Myth and History in the Religious Identity of Catholics in Seventeenth-Century
Holland."

American Historical Association (January 1997), New York City, New York: "Calvinist
Discipline and the Reform of Morals in Delft, 1620-1650."

R. Glen Eaves Lecture, Mississippi College (October 1996), Clinton, Mississippi: "The
Protestant Reformation and Poor Relief."

Religious Charity and Public Welfare in Historical Perspective (August 1996), St. Louis,
Missouri: "The Calvinist Diaconate and Municipal Welfare in the Dutch Reformation."

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (October 1995), San Francisco, California: "Adultery
and Female Honor in the Calvinist Congregation of Delft, 1581-1620."

Central Renaissance Studies Conference (April 1995), St. Louis, Missouri: "The Moral
Agency and Moral Autonomy of Church Folk in the Reformed Community of Delft, 1572-1620."

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (October 1994), Toronto, Ontario: "The Reformation
According to Calvinists and Arminians in Seventeenth-Century Holland."

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (December 1993), St. Louis, Missouri: "Poor Folk
under Discipline: The Spiritual and Material Borders of the Reformed Community in Delft."

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (October 1991), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: "Public
Church and Household of Faith: Competing Visions of the Church in Post-Reformation Delft, 1572-
1617."

Society for Reformation Research (May 1990), Kalamazoo, Michigan: "The Theological
Structure of French Calvinism before the Wars of Religion."

Western Society for French History (November 1988), Los Angeles, California: "Municipal
Structure and the Reformation in Mid-Sixteenth Century Bourges."

Southern Conference on British Studies (November 1988), Norfolk, Virginia: "The
Protectorate's Religious Policy in Relation to Anglo-Imperial Diplomacy, 1547-1549."

Western Society for French History (October 1987), Las Cruces, New Mexico: "Bourges to
Geneva: Methodological Links between Legal Humanists and Calvinist Reformers."

Honors and Awards

  • Co-director, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Teachers, “Empires and Interactions across the Early Modern World, 1400-1800,”
  • Saint Louis University, June 3-June 28, 2013.
  • James Ford Bell Library Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2012
  • Eugene A. Hotfelder Professor in the Humanities, Saint Louis University, 2010-2016
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2010-2011
  • Graduate School Summer Research Award, Saint Louis University, 2004, 2006
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Saint Louis University Student Government Association, 2005
  • Mellon Summer Fellowship, 2003, 1997, 1996
  • SLU2000 Faculty Research Grant, 2003
  • Spencer Foundation Research Grant, 2002
  • Phi Beta Kappa Book Award for best book by a Saint Louis University Faculty Member, 1998-2000 (Reformation of Community).
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1997
  • Bruce Mansfield Prize for the best article in the Journal of Religious History, 1992-1993
  • Fulbright Fellowship to the Netherlands, 1990-1991
  • FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Fellowship for Dutch Language study, Summer 1988
  • Endowed Fellowship, University of Minnesota History Department, 1991
  • History Department Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 1989
  • Phi Kappa Phi, Auburn University, 1985