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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Raymond Mentzer’s 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. He is currently preparing an inventory of the extant ecclesiastical disciplinary records for the French Reformed Churches during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It, in turn, will serve as the springboard for a more encompassing book-length project on social discipline and the Reformation in France.

Mentzer received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1973. He joined the University of Iowa faculty in 2001 as the Daniel J. Krumm Family Chair in Reformation Studies, Department of Religious Studies.


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.

  • HIST:1425/RELS1225   Medieval Religion and Culture
  • HIST:1250/RELS:1250  Modern Religious and Culture
  • RELS:3385/HIST 3385  Early Modern Catholicism
  • RELS:4155/HIST:4455  Religion and Conflict: Early Modern Period
  • HIST:3190/RELS:3190  Traditions of Religious Reform
  • HIST:6475/RELS:6475  Seminar: Reformation Culture and Theology
Awards & Service: 
  • 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-present
  • Directeur d’études associé, École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris), 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