Visiting Assistant Professor, History

David Neufeld

(519) 885-0220 ext. 24201
Office:  CGUC 2125

BA, University of Waterloo, 2009
MA, University of Arizona, 2013
PhD, University of Arizona, 2018

Research Areas:

Religion and Culture in Early Modern Europe; Anabaptists and Anabaptism; the History of Archives

Courses Taught:

HIST 110 – History of the Western World I
HIST 111 – History of the Western World II
HIST 235/RS 240 – History of Christianity
HIST 348/RS 344 – The Radical Reformation
HIST 379/RS 343 - Reformation History


David Neufeld is a historian of religion, culture, and social life in the early modern world. His current research examines coexistence between religious majority and minority groups, using the interactions of seventeenth-century Swiss Reformed and Anabaptists as a case study. As the 2019-2020 Fretz visiting research scholar in Mennonite Studies, he investigates how changing archival cultures and practices have shaped current understandings of early Anabaptists. He teaches in the areas of the history of early Europe and the world, the history of Christianity, colonial Latin American history, and historiographical methods.

David Neufeld speaks at a class in the library
Selected Publications:


  • Common Witness: A Story of Ministry Partnership between French and North American Mennonites, 1953-2003. Elkhart, IN, Institute of Mennonite Studies, 2016. (French translation by Marie-Noël von der Recke published as Témoignage Commun: Histoire d’un Partenariat Missionnaire entre Mennonites Français et Nord-Americains. Les Ponts-de-Martel, Switzerland: Editions de la Talwogne, 2016.


  • (Forthcoming): “Early Swiss Anabaptism,” in T&T Clark Companion to Anabaptism, ed. Brian Brewer (London and New York: T&T Clark).

  • (With Cory D. Davis) “Thinking with the Early Modern Past: The Relevance of our Scholarship,” The Sixteenth Century Journal 50, no. 1 (2019): 212-18.
  • “’Ihr hand dergleichen Leuht auch under Euch’: Gemeindedisziplin unter Zürcher Täufern im siebzehnten Jahrhundert,” Mennonitica Helvetica 39 (2016): 34-46.

Other Publications

  • (With Randolph C. Head) “Switzerland,” in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Renaissance and Reformation, ed. Margaret King (New York: Oxford University Press).

Review Essay

  • “Arnold Snyder’s ‘In Search of the Swiss Brethren’: A Response,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 90, no. 4 (2016): 385-390.

Book Reviews

  • “Review of Later Writings of the Swiss Anabaptists, 1529-1592, edited by C. Arnold Snyder, translated by H. S. Bender, C.J. Dyck, Abraham Friesen, Leonard Gross, Sydney Penner, Walter Klaassen, C. Arnold Snyder, and J.C. Wenger,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 92, no. 4 (2018): 595-597.
  • “Review of European Mennonites and the Challenge of Modernity over Five Centuries: Contributors, Detractors, and Adapters, edited by Mark Jantzen, Mary S. Sprunger, and John D. Thiesen,” Conrad Grebel Review 35, no. 2 (2017): 211-13.

Selected Activities:

Papers Presented

  • “‘Under the Guise of Christian Charity’: Anabaptist Responses to Poverty in Reformed Zurich, 1570-1650,” Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, October 17-20, 2019.

  • Contribution to Plenary Roundtable, “New Approaches to the Radical Reformation,” Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 1-4, 2018.
  • “Knowledge Production and Repressive Action: Anabaptist-Reformed Relations in Zurich’s Archives,” Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 14, 2018.
  • “Seeking to be Saved: Anabaptist ‘Conversion’ in Reformed Zurich, 1585-1650,” Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 26-29, 2017.
  • “Wandering the Lord’s Earth: Anabaptist Movement in Reformed Zurich, 1585- 1650,”
  • Global Reformations: Transforming Early Modern Religions, Societies, & Cultures, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, September 27-30, 2017.
  • “Archives and the Construction of Anabaptism in Early Modern Zurich,” Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Forschungsverbund International Summer School: The New History of the Archives: Early Modern Europe and Beyond, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, July 4, 2017.
  • “‘If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth’: Anabaptist religious practice and the Reformed response in seventeenth-century Zurich,” Sixth Annual RefoRC Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 26-28, 2016.
  • “Fractious Coexistence: Anabaptists between Persecution and Toleration in Reformed Zurich, 1585-1650,” Research Colloquium of the Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz, Germany, May 23, 2016.
  • “Reconsidering Colombian Canoas: Indigenous Technology and Colonial Transportation along the Magdalena River, 1525-1600,” American Society for Ethnohistory, Indianapolis, Indiana, October 8-12, 2014.

Fellowships and Awards:

  • J. Winfield Fretz Visiting Research Scholarship in Mennonite Studies, Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies, Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Canada, 2019-2020.
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2014-2017.
  • Doctoral Research Grant, Leibniz-Insitut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz, Germany, 2016.
  • Miriam Usher Chrisman Travel Fellowship, Society for Reformation Research, 2015.

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