The History Department at the University of Nebraska has a strong graduate program in early modern history and the Atlantic World. Our particular areas of strength are German / Swiss reformation and religious history, England’s cultural, political, and women’s history, and comparative work of Europe and colonial America, particularly with a digital history focus. Those who study Early Modern and Atlantic World also have strong support from our specialist in medieval history with offerings in such areas as medieval culture. Students can also do an interdisciplinary minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies with faculty in English, Modern Languages, Classics and Religious Studies, Music History, Art History, and Theatre.
The University of Nebraska is a member of the Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium at the Newberry Library in Chicago, which helps to fund graduate students to attend workshops, seminars, and conferences at the Newberry.
Amy Burnett is Paula and D.B. Varner University Professor of History and specializes in the Protestant Reformation in Germany and Switzerland. She is the author of many books, including Karlstadt and the Origins of the Eucharistic Controversy: A Study in the Circulation of Ideas (2011). Her book Teaching the Reformation: Ministers and their Message in Basel, 1529-1629 (2006) was awarded the Gerald Strauss Prize of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, and The Yoke of Christ: Martin Bucer and Christian Discipline (1996) won the Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History. She has served as President of the Sixteenth Century Society and has won many fellowships including a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in Germany in 2012.
James Coltrain, Assistant Professor of History, specializes in Atlantic World, Early Americas, and Digital Humanities. His articles have appeared in Atlantic Studies and Journal of the Proceedings of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (both 2009) and the collections, World of a Slave (2010) and Unfree Labor, the State, and the Rise of Global Capitalism (2011).
Jessica Coope is Associate Professor of History and specializes in Medieval European History, Islamic History, Medieval Spain, and religious history. She is the author of The Martyrs of Cordoba: Community and Family Conflict in an Age of Mass Conversion (1995) and her new work is a book manuscript on relations among the different ethnic groups (Arabs, Berbers, and Iberians) and religious groups (Muslims, Christians, and Jews) who lived in Islamic Spain.
Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor of History and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, specializes in late medieval/early modern English cultural, political, and women’s history. Her books include The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power (second edn., 2013), Dreaming the English Renaissance (2008), and The Reign of Elizabeth I (2002). She has served as President as the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, and as President of the Elizabeth I Society. She has won fellowships at the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC. She earned a Fulbright Scholar Award in England in 2015.
Placement of graduate students in Early Modern and Atlantic World
Our graduate students have won fellowships from a range of sources, including the Fulbright Scholar Program, the John Carter Brown Library, and the Huntington Library.
Graduates of our area hold tenured and tenure track positions at such institutions as Newbery College in South Carolina, Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, University of Southern Charleston in South Carolina, and Briar Cliff College in Iowa.