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David M. Whitford
Professor of Religion in Reformation Studies
A native New Englander, David joined the faculty at Baylor in 2013 after teaching in Ohio and South Carolina. He is married to Laurel and they have one daughter. He is an avid sports fan and has developed a passion for sports photography.
Academic Interests and Research:
His research and writing focuses on the social, cultural, and political impact of the European Reformations of the sixteenth century. In 2009, he authored a book on the ways in which the Bible was used to support the Transatlantic slave trade, The Curse of Ham in the Early Modern Era: The Bible and Justifications for Slavery. He is currently at work on an introductory text on the Reformation.
Professional Activities and Awards:
Editor, Sixteenth Century Journal, 2011-present.
Associate Editor, Sixteenth Century Journal, 2003 2011.
Chair, Society for Reformation Research 500th Anniversary Committee.
Council Member, Calvin Studies Society.
Editorial Board, REFO500 Book Series, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
Lilly Scholars Grant, 2007.
Literature Prize, Sixteenth Century Society, 2005.
Bush Research Fellowship, 2002.
Sixteenth Century Society, Meyer Prize Committee, 2007 present.
Editor, T&T Clark Companion to Reformation Theology. 2012
Martin Luther: A Guide for the Perplexed. 2011.
The Curse of Ham in the Early Modern Era: The Bible and Justifications for Slavery. 2009.
Editor, Reformation and Early Modern Europe: A Guide to Research. 2007.
Caritas et Reformatio: Essays on the Church and Society in Honor of Carter Lindberg on his Sixty-fifth Birthday. 2002.
Tyranny and Resistance: The Magdeburg Confession and the Lutheran Tradition. 2001.
"A Calvinist Heritage to the Curse of Ham': Assessing the Accuracy of a Claim about Racial Subordination." Church History and Religious Culture, 90/1 (2010): 25 45.
"Robbing Paul to Pay Peter: Paul and Political Thought in the Reformation," in Paul in the Reformation Era. Edited by R. Ward Holder. Leiden: Brill, 2009: 573 606.
"The Papal Antichrist: Martin Luther and the Underappreciated Influence of Lorenzo Valla," Renaissance Quarterly, 61/1 (2008): 26 52.
"Mistaking the Question for the Answer: Anachronism, Kenosis, and John Milton," Milton Quarterly, 41/3 (2007): 149 164.
"From Speyer to Magdeburg: The Development and Maturation of a Hybrid Theory of Resistance." Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, 96 (2005): 57 80.
"Cura Religionis or Two Kingdoms: The Late Luther on Religion and the State." Church History, 73/1 (2004): 41 62.