H. C. Erik Midelfort

H. C. Erik Midelfort

Julian Bishko Professor of History, Emeritus

Office Hours: Available if you email me.

Field & Specialties

Early Modern Europe


B.A. Yale 1964
M.Phil. Yale 1967
Ph.D. Yale 1970



Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin, spring 2011

Visiting Fellow, All Souls College Oxford, 2005 (September – December)

Dwight Terry Lecturer in residence, Yale University, spring 2003

Visiting Scholar, Wolfson College Oxford, 2002 (January-June)

President of the Society for Reformation Research, 1990-92

Current Research

The Fear of Free Thinking and the Suppression of Dissent in Early Modern Germany

Religious and Irreligious Radicalism in late 17th-century Germany

Awards & Honors

Recipient of a Festschrift edited by Marjorie E. Plummer and Robin B. Barnes, Ideas and Cultural Margins in Early Modern Germany: Essays in Honor of H. C. Erik Midelfort (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009)

Recipient of a Festschrift presented by German colleagues in June, 2004: Wider alle Hexerei und Teufelswerk: Die europäische Hexenverfolgung und ihre Auswirkungen auf Südwestdeutschland, ed. Sönke Lorenz and Jürgen Michael Schmidt (Ostfildern: Jan Thorbeke, 2004)

Roland Bainton Award for the best book of 1999, from the 16th Century Society, for A History of Madness in Sixteenth-Century Germany

Ralph Waldo Emerson Award 1999, from Phi Beta Kappa, for A History of Madness in 16th-Century Germany

Roland Bainton Award for the best book of 1995, from the 16th Century Society, for Mad Princes of Renaissance Germany

Listed in Who's Who in America, 1995 - present

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1987-88, 2008-2009

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1975–76

Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities, 1973, from the Council of Graduate Schools in the U. S., for Witch Hunting in Southwestern Germany: The Social and Intellectual Foundations, 1562-1684