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Raymond A. Mentzer

Professor of Religious Studies
Reformation Studies
Early Modern European Religious History
Secondary Appointment in History
316 Gilmore Hall
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Dr. Mentzer joined the University of Iowa faculty in 2001 as the Daniel J. Krumm Family Chair in Reformation Studies.

His research program focuses on the French Reformed community during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is especially interested in the manner whereby Protestant church leaders as well as ordinary members of the congregation translated new theological insights into a system of approved moral conduct and a set of everyday devotional habits. He has published a series of books and journal articles on the prosecution of French Protestants for heresy, the family and its role in the formation of confessional identity in early modern France, the application of Reformed church discipline, and the development of the French Reformed liturgy. Among his recent books are an inventory of the extant ecclesiastical disciplinary records for the French Reformed Churches during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and an edited volume focusing on the Huguenots from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries.

Selected publications below. (For complete list, please see Dr. Mentzer's CV)


Dr. Mentzer regularly teaches a series of courses on early modern European religious history and the Reformation. All are cross-listed in the Departments of History and Religious Studies.

  • RELS:1225 (HIST:1425) Medieval Religion and Culture
  • RELS:1250 (HIST:1450) Modern Religion and Culture
  • RELS:3190 (HIST:3190) Medieval to Modern: The Birth of Protestantism
  • RELS:3385 (HIST:3485) Early Modern Catholicism
  • RELS:4155 (HIST 4455) Religion and Conflict: Early Modern Period
  • RELS:6475 (HIST:6475) Seminar: Reformation Culture and Theology

Awards & Service

  • Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques, French Ministry of Education, 2017
  • Regents Award for Faculty Excellent, 2015
  • Professeur invité, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, 2011
  • Professeur invité, Université d’Angers, 2011
  • Lewis Memorial Prize, Huguenot Heritage, 2009
  • Professeur invité, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III, 2009
  • Harold J. Grimm Prize, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, 2008
  • President, Society for Reformation Research, 2006-2007
  • Director, Department of Religious Studies, 2003-12
  • Directeur d’études associé, École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris), 1997 and 2003
  • Camargo Foundation Fellow, 1998
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers, 1997-98
  • J.K. Cameron Faculty Fellow, University of St. Andrews, 1997
  • President , Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, 1997
  • National Huguenot Society Book Prize, 1997