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Troy Osborne

Associate Professor of History

Troy OsborneContact:
519-885-0220 x 24260
t3osborne@uwaterloo.ca
Office: CGUC 2114

On sabbatical July-December 2017.

Education:
AA, Hesston College, 1991
BA, Goshen College, 1994
MA, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 1998
PhD, University of Minnesota, 2007
 

Research Areas:

Early Modern European Religious and Cultural History; The Dutch Republic; Mennonite History
 

Courses Taught:

Undergraduate
HIST 111 - Western Civilization II
HIST 348/RS 344 - The Radical Reformation
HIST 235/RS 240 - History of Christianity
HIST 379/RS 343 - Reformation History 

Graduate
TS 601 - Special Topics in Theological Studies: Women in Christian History
TS 621 - Pastor’s Theology Seminar - "Marginal and Mainstream Mennonites: Separation in the Anabaptist Tradition"
TS 640 - The Mennonite Tradition in Historical Context
 

About:

Troy Osborne is a historian whose research and teaching interests center generally on Mennonite history and the Reformation, particularly on the development of the Dutch Anabaptist tradition. His research uses discipline records and political appeals to trace the development of a Mennonite identity within the Dutch Republic and one that extended transnationally across Europe. A professor of History and Theological Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, he teaches courses on the sixteenth-century Reformations, the Radical Reformation, Mennonite Studies, and an introductory survey of European History.


Selected Publications:

  • “Honor and Charity in the Church: Mennonites and the ‘Disciplinary Revolution’ of the Dutch Republic.” In 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, 265–83. North Newton, Kan: Bethel College, 2016.

  • “Mennonites and Violence in Early Modern Amsterdam.” Church History and Religious Culture 95, no. 4 (January 1, 2015): 477–94. 

  • Review of Sex and Drugs before Rock ‘n’ Roll: Youth Culture and Masculinity during Holland’s Golden Age by Benjamin B. Roberts. The Historian 76.4 (December 2014): 878–79.

  • “The Development of a Transnational ‘Mennonite’ Identity among Swiss Brethren and Dutch Doopsgezinden in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries” Mennonite Quarterly Review 88, no. 2 (April 2014): 195–218.

  • Review of Ernstige godsvrucht en gezond verstand.  Een selectie uit de dagboeken van Foeke Wigles Gorter (1756-1836), leraar van de Doopsgezinden in Sappemeer edited by Bert Dop and Piet Visser.  Church History and Religious Culture 92.2-3 (2012): 450-452. 

  • Review of Mennonite German Soldiers: Nation, Religion and Family in the Prussian East, 1772-1880 by Mark Jantzen. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press. 2010.  Mennonite Life 66 (Summer 2012). 

  • “Worthy of the Tolerance They’d been Given: Dutch Mennonites, Reputation, and Political Persuasion in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries” Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte/Archive for Reformation History 99 (2008), 256-279.
  • Review of Faith on the Margins: Catholics and Catholicism in the Dutch Golden Age, Charles H. Parker.  The Historian 72.2 (Summer 2010): 483-484.
  • Review of Eén grote famlie: Doopsgezinde elites in de Friese Zuidwesterhoek 1600-1850, by Cor Trompetter.  Church History and Religious Culture 90.1 (2010): 124-125.
  • Review of “Just as in the Time of the Apostles”: The Uses of History in the Radical Reformation by Geoffrey Dipple. The Mennonite Quarterly Review 83.4 (October 2009): 641-643.
     

 Selected Activities:

  • “Mennonite Memories of the Dutch Revolt.” Paper presented at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 16, 2014.

  • “Mennonites and Varieties of Violence in the Dutch Republic”  Paper presented at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico:   October 26, 2013.

  • “Dissenting across borders:  the Development of a transnational ‘Mennonite’ identity among Swiss Brethren and Dutch Doopsgezinden in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.”  Paper presented at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Fort Worth, Texas:   October 29, 2011.
  • “Church Discipline and State Infrastructure.”  Paper presented  at the conference “Marginal or Mainstream? Anabaptists, Mennonites and Modernity in European Society” held at Bethel College June 25-26, 2010.
  • “The “pillar” of Mennonite Discipline and Social Control in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam” paper presented at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 26, 2007.
  • Invited response to Gerald J. Biesecker-Mast, “The Future of Radical Reformation Research,” at Future Directions in Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholarship: Mennonite Historical Library Centennial Conference, Goshen, Indiana, May 5, 2006.
  • “Saints into Citizens: Dutch Mennonites, Church Discipline, and Religious Toleration” paper presented at Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Toronto, Ontario, October 29, 2004.
     

Fellowships and Awards:

  • Netherlands America Foundation–Fulbright Fellowship for doctoral research in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2002-2003.
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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