Gary Waite

Gary Waite photoDr. Gary Waite (Sixteenth-Century Netherlands and Germany, Continental Reformation Studies, Early Modern European Religion, Mentalités and Popular Culture) holds his doctorate from the University of Waterloo.  

He teaches or has taught the following courses:

First Year Courses:
Hist1001 – Past into Present, Module “End of the World Groups”
Hist1008 – Religion, Magic & Witchcraft
Foundation Courses:
Hist2013 – Medieval Europe I
Hist2014 – Medieval Europe II
Hist2023 – Early Modern Europe I
Hist2024 – Early Modern Europe II
Upper Level Lecture Courses:
Hist3001 – West Meets East in the Middle Ages
Hist3006 - Reformation Europe
Hist3015 – Race and Racism in the pre-modern West
Hist4001 – Heretics and Witches in Early Modern Europe
Hist4002 – Renaissance Society
Honours Courses:
Hist5011 – Reform and Revolt in Europe, 1500-1555
Hist5012 – The Late Reformation and Witch-hunting
Hist5102 – Mental World of Europeans, 1300-1600
He has also lectured in Arts 1000 and is a regular supervisor for Arts 3000 – Internship 
Graduate Courses:
Hist6015 - Themes in Early Modern Europe  

He is the author of several books:

He is the co-editor of:

He has published articles in

  • Journal of Early Modern History, Renaissance Quarterly, Social History, Sixteenth Century Journal, Archive for Reformation History, Church History, Dutch Review of Church History, Fides et Historia, Mennonite Quarterly Review, Doopsgezinde Bijdragen, Renaissance and Reformation, The Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, The Canadian Journal of History, The Mennonite Encyclopedia V, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, and The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition.

Recent articles include:

  • "Empathy for the Persecuted or Polemical Posturing? The 1609 Spanish Expulsion of the Moriscos as Seen in English and Netherlandic Pamphlets," Journal of Early Modern History 17 (2013), 95-123
  • "Reimagining Islam: The Moor in Dutch and English Pamphlets, 1550-1620,"Renaissance Quarterly 66/4 (Winter 2013), 1250-95 (2013)
  • "Menno and Muhammad: Anabaptists and Mennonites Reconsider Islam, 1570-1650," Sixteenth Century Journal 41 (2010), 995-1016.

He has also published or has forthcoming several chapters in books, most recently including:

  • "The Drama of the Two Word Debate among Liberal Dutch Mennonites, c. 1620-1660: Preparing the Way for Baruch Spinoza?" Forthcoming in Radicalism and Dissent in the World of Protestant Reform, eds Bridget Heal and Anorthe Kremers (Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, March 2017), 118-36.
  • "Fear and Loathing in the Radical Reformation: David Joris's Efforts to Achieve Emotional Calm in the Midst of Adversity, 1525-1556," forthcoming in Feeling Exclusion: Religious Conflict, Exile and Emotions in Early Modern Europe, Giovanni Tarantino and Charles Zika (eds) (London, Routledge, 2017).
  • "Martyrs and Nicodemites Both? Spiritualistic and Rationalistic Currents within the Dutch Anabaptist Tradition - David Joris, Sebastian Castellio, and Pieter Jansz Twisck 1535-1648," Forthcoming in Sebastian Castellio zwischen Humanismus und Reformation, Rationalismus und Spiritualismus/Sebastian Castellio between Humanism and Reformation, Rationalism and Spiritualism, Barbara Mahlmann-Bauer, ed., REFO 500 series (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht).
  • "Early Modern Hair: Religion ad Ritualized Belief," to appear in A Cultural History of Hair, vol. 3: A Cultural History of Hair in the Renaissance (1450-1650), ed. Edith Snook (London: Bloombury Academic Press, 2017).
  • "Where did the Devil Go? Language and the Revolt in the Netherlands, 1566-1648," Interlinquicity, Internationality and Shakespeare, ed. Michael Saenger (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014), 59-72, 227-37.
  • "Naked Harlots or Devout Maidens? Images of Anabaptist Women in the Context of the Iconography of Witches in Europe, 1525-1650," in Mirjam van Veen, Piet Visser, and Gary K. Waite, eds., Sisters: Myth and Reality of Anabaptist/Mennonite Women, c 1525-1900, Brill's Series in Church History 65 (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 17-51.
  • "Conversos and Spiritualists in Spain and the Netherlands: The Experience of Inner Exile, c. 1540-1620," in Exile and Religious Identities, 1500-1800, eds. Jesse Spohnholz and Gary K. Waite, Religious Cultures in the Early Modern World 18 (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2014), 157-70.
  • "A Reappraisal of the Contribution of Anabaptists to the Religious Culture and Intellectual Climate of the Dutch Republic," in Religious Minorities and Cultural Diversity in the Dutch Republic: Studies Presented to Piet Visser on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday, edited by August den Hollander, Alex Noord, Mirjam van Veen, and Anna Voolstra, Brill's Series in Chruch History 67 (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 6-28.
  • "Sixteenth Century Religious Reform and the Witch-Hunts," Chapter 27 of The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Euyrope and Colonial America, ed. Brian Levack (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 485-506.
  • “Apocalyptical Terrorists or a Figment of Governmental Paranoia? Re-evaluating the Religious Terrorism of Sixteenth-Century Anabaptists in the Netherlands and Holy Roman Empire, 1535-1570,” in Michael Driedger, Anselm Schubert, and Astrid von Schlachta, eds., Margins of Anabaptism, (Gütersloh: Schriften des Vereins für Reformationsgeschichte, 2009), 105-25.

He is presently completing a monography from his SSHRC project, "The Religious Other in Seventeenth-Century Europe: Christians, Jews and Muslims," having presented papers at several scholarly conferences on the subject and published some of these as articles. 

He has just begun an exciting new research project, funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant (2015-2020), Amsterdamnified! Religious Dissenters, Spiritualistic Ideas and Urban Associationalism in the Emergence of the Early Enlightenment in England and the Low Countries, 1540-1700. Together with his Co-Investigator Michael Driedger of Brock University, we have pulled together a team of international scholars to work on the radical religious roots of the Enlightenment.  See the website at:

He is the editor of the "Witch Hunt" entry in the Oxford Bibliographies Online.

He is the founding president of the Atlantic Medieval and Early Modern Group:

More of his work can be found on his Academia page:


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On April 7th, 2005, he was made a University Research Scholar for a two year term.

A copy of Dr. Waite's cv is available here.


Dr. Waite's Recent Books:


Sisters                   Exile Book Gary Waite Book 1 Gary Waite Book 2        Gary Waite Book 3



Contact Information:

Gary Waite

Office: Tilley 137

Phone:  452-6158