Early Modern European History and Literature

Graduate students interested in the early modern period, that is between c.1300 and 1800, will find a number of potential supervisors at UNB. 

The study of Early Modern History helps us to comprehend the why of modern Europe and the wider world. Economic expansion and depression, political upheaval, religious reform and conflict, changing gender and sexuality attitudes, persecution of religious dissent (heresy) and of witchcraft, scientific and medical innovation, literary and artistic genius, and so much more, were all major features of the Late Medieval and Early Modern eras, c. 1300-1800.

Early Modern Procession

Those scholars of Early Modern History who have graduate supervisory status are listed here:

Dr. Wendy Churchill (UNBF) -- Early Modern Atlantic World, Britain; Women's and Gender History; Social History of Medicine

Dr. Cheryl Fury (UNBSJ) -- Tudor-Stuart England, European expansion;Social History of Elizabethan Seamen;  the Reformation and Counter-Reformation; Early Modern Women

Dr. Gregory Kennedy (Univ. de Moncton) -- Colonial Acadia, Early Modern France and French Atlantic

Dr. Stefanie Kennedy (UNBF) -- Early Modern Atlantic World; Caribbean History; Slavery

Dr. Jeremy Hayhoe (Univ. de Moncton) -- Early Modern France; History of Law; Rural History

Dr. Elizabeth Mancke, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), (UNBF) -- Early Modern Atlantic North American History

Dr. Janet Mullin (UNBF & STU) -- Early Modern Britain; Popular Cuture

Dr. Richard Raiswell (UPEI) -- Premodern Intellectual History; witchcraft, demonology, and the occult; Early Modern Europeans and Asia and Africa

Dr. Robin Vose (STU) -- Medieval Europe; Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Medieval Spain; the Inquisition

Dr. Gary K. Waite (UNBF) -- Early Modern Europe (esp. Netherlands); Religion, Culture, Heresy and Witchcraft Persecution; Jews and Muslims in 17th Century European Press; Radical Religion and the Early Enlightenment

The Department of History at UNB has partnered with other scholars  of the Early Modern period in the Maritime region to create an interdisciplinary Early Modern Studies Workgroup. This includes scholars from other disciplines, many of whom are also members of the Graduate School.  The History Department encourages graduate students to investigate courses/fields in a discipline other than History, when appropriate. All those listed can also be consulted as needed. They are all members of a UNB Graduate Academic Unit.

Dr. Sandra Bell (UNBSJ English) -- 16th and 17th century literature; works of King James I, Mary Stuart; Shakespeare

Dr. Bill Kerr (UNBF Classics and Ancient History) -- Roman history; classical archaelology

Dr. Don Desserud (Dean of Arts, UPEI) -- 18th century political thought

Dr. Joseph Khoury (StFX English) -- Machiavelli; Marlowe; Shakespeare; Political Philosophy; Arabic Noveldiabolical kiss

Dr. Randall Martin (UNBF English) -- English Renaissance drama, culture, and ecology; Shakespeare; early modern women's writing

Dr. Karen Pearlston (UNBF Law) -- English and Canadian legal history; early modern history of women, gender, and the family.

Dr. Edith Snook (UNBF English) -- 16th and 17th century English literature; early modern women writers

Dr. D. Gillian Thompson (UNBF History, retired) -- 18th century France; Jesuits

Dr. Joanne Wright (UNBF Political Science) -- early modern political theory; Hobbes; Locke; Feminism


These specialists in Early Modern Studies are supported also by a number of scholarly organizations, including the Atlantic Medieval and Early Modern Group, currently housed at UNB, but which includes members from across the Atlantic provinces. This group is holding an annual scholarly conference. For details, visit: https://amemg.wordpress.com/tag/amemg/

For more information, contact Dr. Gary Waite