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Dr. Kathleen Comerford

Professor of History and Pre-Law Advisor (1999).Dr. Kathleen Comerford
B.A. M.A., Fordham University (1988, 1989); Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (1995).

Teaching  and Research Interests: Reformation, European Religion

Upper Division Courses:

  • HIST 5030 Tudor and Stuart England
  • HIST 4230 The Renaissance
  • HIST  5332 The Reformation


Contact Information:

Department of History
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054

Office: #3002, Interdisciplinary Academic Building
Tel.: 912-478-0642
Fax: 912-478-0377

Selected Publications:

  • “Did the Jesuits Introduce ‘Global Studies’?” Solicited contribution for Embodiment, Identity, and Gender in the Early Modern Age, ed. David Whitford and Amy Leonard (Routledge, 2021).

  • “Corresponding Consorts: Letters between Medici (Grand) Duchesses and Jesuits, 1540s–1620s,” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 14/2 (2020): 33-54.

  • “The Augsburg Interim and the Council of Trent,” solicited contribution for John Calvin in Context, ed. Ward Holder (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020), 190-197.  This book was awarded the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference 2020 Roland H. Bainton Prize for a Work of Reference.

  • “Ignatius of Loyola,” and “Leo X de’ Medici, Pope,” for Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation, ed. Mark A. Lamport et al. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), 362-64, 428-30.

  • From Rome to Zurich, from Ignatius to Vermigli: Essays in Honor of J. Patrick Donnelly, S.J.: co-editor, with Torrance Kirby and Gary Jenkins. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017.

  • “The Historiography of the Jesuits in the Italian Peninsula and Islands before the Suppression,” Jesuit Historiography Online (invited submission).

Professional Activities, Awards, and Honors:

  • Princeton University Friends of the Library Short-Term Fellowship, June 2018
  • Yale University Beinecke Library Visiting Research Fellowship, October-November 2016
  • Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowship, July 2013
  • Member, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (President, 2018), American Catholic Historical Association, Renaissance Society of America, American Historical Association
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Jesuit Studies

Current Research:

  • European Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project: website [].  Portions of this research have been funded by Yale and Princeton Universities and by Georgia Southern; students from both the Armstrong and Statesboro campuses have served as for-credit or paid interns.
  • A study of the Medici (Grand) Ducal consorts, 1532-1621

Last updated: 12/14/2023