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Dr Scott Dixon

PhD, Cambridge

Senior Lecturer in History

Advisor of Studies (Sem 2)

Joint Pathway Co-ordinator - BA History and International Studies (Sem 2)

MA Religion, Identity, Conflict Co-ordinator (Sem 2)

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3437

Office: 16UQ.202

Scott Dixon was an undergraduate at the University of St Andrews and a postgraduate at the University of Cambridge, where he completed a PhD with Robert Scribner on the effects of the German Reformation movement in the parishes. He has received grants of research funding from the British Academy and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He was a visiting lecturer at the University of Vienna in 2003, appointed Senior Visiting Fellow at St John's College, Oxford in 2004, and, as a Humboldt Fellow, an associate at the Free University of Berlin in 2007. In 2012 he was elected an Affiliated Member of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Zentrum für Mittelalter- und Frühneuzeitstudien) at the University of Göttingen, Germany.

Research Interests

Dr Dixon's main research examines the development of confessional identity in early modern Europe, especially in Germany, and the history and the historiography of Protestantism. His books include a transatlantic study of the rise of Protestants in Europe and America entitled Protestants: A History from Wittenberg to Pennsylvania, 1517-1740 and a study of Reformation historiography entitled Contesting the Reformation, both of which are published by Wiley-Blackwell, and he has most recently completed a volume on early modern Christianity for the I.B. Tauris History of the Christian Church series. At present he is preparing a volume entitled Puritans and Pietists: Post-Reformation Protestantism (forthcoming, Palgrave, 2017) and working on a cultural and intellectual study of the fate of Martin Luther’s lost library.

Select Publications


  • The Church in the Early Modern Age (London: I.B. Tauris, 2016). (I. B. Tauris History of the Christian Church Series).
  • Contesting the Reformation (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
  • Protestants: A history from Wittenberg to Pennsylvania 1517-1740 (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).
  • Living with religious diversity in early modern Europe, ed., with Dagmar Freist and Mark Greengrass (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009). 
  • The histories of Charles V. Nationale Perspektiven von Persoenlichkeit und Herrschaft, ed., with Martina Fuchs (Münster, 2005).
  • The Protestant clergy of early modern Europe, ed., with Luise Schorn-Schuette (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).
  • The German Reformation, with R.W. Scribner (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2003). Second Edition. (Japanese translation 2009).
  • The Reformation in Germany (Oxford: Historical Association, 2002).
  • The Reformation and rural society (Cambridge: CUP, 1996; paperback 2002).

Articles and Chapters:

  • ‘The Radicals,’ in Ulinka Rublack (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Protestant Reformations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • 'The Sense of the Past in Reformation Germany', German History, 30, 1 (2012), 1-21; 30, 2 (2012), 1-23.
  • ‘The Imperial Cities and the Politics of Reformation,’ in R.J.W. Evans, Michael Schaich, and Peter Wilson (eds), The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 139-64.
  • ‘The Origins of the Protestant Past,’ Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, XXXI, 2 (2009), 29-49.
  • ‘The politics of law and gospel: the Protestant prince and the Holy Roman Empire,’ in  Bridget Heal and Ole Peter Grell (eds), The impact of the European Reformation  (Aldershot, 2008), 37-62.
  •   ‘Urban order and religious coexistence in the German imperial city: Augsburg and Donauwörth, 1548-1608,’ Central European History, 40, 1 (2007), 1-33.
  • ‘Faith and history on the eve of Enlightenment. Ernst Salomon Cyprian, Gottfried Arnold, and the History of Heretics,’ Journal of Ecclesiastical History,  57 (2006),33-54.
  •  ‘Charles V and the historians,’ German History, 21 (2002), 104-24.
  • ‘Popular astrology and Lutheran propaganda in Reformation Germany,’ History, 84, 3, (1999), 403-18.
  • ‘The German Reformation and the territorial town: Reform initiatives in Schwabach, 1523-1527,’ German History, 14, 2, (1996), 123-140

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