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Euan K. Cameron

Euan Cameron

Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History


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1971-6 Eton College (King's Scholar)

1976-9 St. John's College, Oxford (Open Scholar)

1979 Oxford University B.A. Modern History, Class I

1982 Oxford University D. Phil by thesis, and M.A.


Euan Cameron was educated at Eton and Oxford, where he graduated BA in History in the First Class in 1979 and received the D.Phil. in 1982. From 1979 to 1985 he was a junior research fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. In 1985 he moved to the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where he worked in the Department of History for 17 years, receiving promotions to Reader (1992) and full Professor (1997) and serving as Head of Department. He was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 1996/7. In 2002 he was appointed as the first Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History at Union Theological Seminary in New York, with a concurrent appointment in the Department of Religion in Columbia University. From 2004 to 2010 he also served as Academic Vice-President in the seminary. During 2010/11, while on sabbatical leave, he held a fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford. 

Prof. Cameron's scholarly work analyses the role and transformations of religion in European society in the later Middle Ages and Reformation periods. His academic research first began in the area of religious dissent, especially the Waldensian heresy: he has published two books on that subject, The Reformation of the Heretics (1984) and Waldenses: Rejections of Holy Church in Medieval Europe (2000) and is editing a collaborative volume on this subject, contracted to Brill Publishers, in collaboration with Professor Marina Benedetti of the University of Milan.

In 1991 he published his analytical history of the Protestant Reformation movements in Europe, The European Reformation, which remains in print and widely used. A fully revised and updated second edition of this book appeared in 2012. He also investigates the relationship between theology and popular belief through the debates over "superstition" from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment: in this area he has published Enchanted Europe: Superstition, Reason and Religion 1250-1750 (hardback 2010; paperback 2011). This work reviews how the debates over "superstition" helped to define the nature and boundaries of religious belief through several centuries of dramatic change. 

Professor Cameron’s current research explores how Biblical and theological concerns informed and shaped historical thought in the Later Middle Ages and the Reformation era. He has completed a chapter on ‘The Bible and the Early Modern Sense of History’ for the third volume of the New Cambridge History of the Bible, which he is editing for Cambridge University Press. For 2014-2015 Cameron holds a Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology to work on a project entitled “The Biblical View of World History 1250-1750: Rise, Refinement and Decline”, and is on sabbatical leave for the current academic year. 

Professor Cameron is also a volume editor for the Annotated Study Edition of the Works of Martin Luther, in preparation with Augsburg Fortress Press: he is editing volume 6, on Luther’s writings on the Bible.

In addition, he has edited two survey volumes on European History in the early modern period (c. 1500-c. 1800), the widely adopted college text Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History (1999) and The Sixteenth Century, in the series Short Oxford History of Europe (2006) which has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese and Polish. 

He has also published over 40 articles and chapters, and regularly contributes to the standard works of reference in Church History. He regularly lectures around the US as well as in Britain and Europe. He has appeared on television and radio in the UK and US, including appearances on the series Millennium Minds, for Channel 4 Television (1999), the frequently re-broadcast Lion Television / PBS mini-series Martin Luther (2002) and Lord Bragg's series on the history of ideas, In Our Time, BBC Radio 4 (2002). More recently he has been interviewed for CBS, OWN, Showtime and ABC as well as numerous production companies. 

Prof. Cameron takes very seriously the relationship between faith commitments and historical insights. In 2005 he published his personal account of the relationship between history and faith, Interpreting Christian History: The Challenge of the Churches' Past. He was ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church of the USA in March 2014, and Priest on September 27th 2014. Following his ordination as priest he will serve in part-time parish ministry within the city of New York, especially at his home parish of the Church of the Heavenly Rest.


Inventing and Discovering ‘Popular Religion’ (Fall 2013)

Pastoral, Spiritual and Devotional Prose and Poetry in the English Language 1560-1660 (Fall 2013)

Gender, Sexuality and the Soul in Early Modern Europe (Spring 2014)

The History of Christianity Part 2: Western European Church History (c. 1000-c. 2000) (Spring 2014)

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