Thomas Robisheaux

Professor of History

External address: 
202 Carr Bldg, Department of History, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Department of History, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 684-5979
Office hours: 

Wednesdays 2:30 - 5:00 (202 Carr or the Perk)


As an historian of early modern Europe Dr. Robisheaux has particular interests in social and cultural history, German-speaking Central Europe, Renaissance culture, religious reform, popular religion and culture, and microhistory. Author of The Last Witch of Langenburg and Rural Society and the Search for Order in Early Modern Germany, Lost Worlds, and many articles, he teaches courses on European history; Reformation Europe; Magic, Religion and Science; social and economic history; and religion and society in early modern Europe. He is currently writing a book on the craft of microhistory. He is a member of the Society for Reformation Research and the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. As executive secretary of the Fruehe Neuzeit Interdisziplinaer (Conference Group in Early Modern German Studies) he co-organizes the trienniel conference in early modern studies at Duke University.

Duke Magazine, "A Witch's Brew," July/August 2009

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia 1981

  • B.A., Duke University 1974

Enduring Loss in the Early Modern Era awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2008

Orthodoxies and Diversities in Early Modern German-Speaking Europe awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005

Forensic Medicine, Witchcraft and Poison in 17th Century Germany awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2001

(98-0602) Conference on Constructing Publics: Cultures of Communication in the Early Modern German Lands awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1998 to 1999

Robisheaux, T. L’ultima strega. 2011.

Robisheaux, T. The Craft of Microhistory. 2009.

Imhof, A, and translator, TR. Lost Worlds: How Our European Ancestors Coped with Everyday Life and Why Life is so Hard Today. Charlottesville, Va.: University of Virginia Press, 1996.

Robisheaux, T. Rural Society and the Search for Order in Early Modern Germany. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Robisheaux, T. "The German Witch Trials." In The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft,edited by B Levack. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Robisheaux, T. "Penance, Confession and the Self in Early Modern Lutheranism." In Ideas and Cultural Margins: Essays in Honor of H.C. Erik Midelfort,edited by ME Plummer and RB Barnes,117-30. Aldershot, 2009.

Robisheaux, T. "’The Queen of Evidence:’ The Witchcraft Confession in the Age of Confessionalism." In Confessionalization in Europe 1500-1700: Essays in Honor and Memory of Bodo Nischan,edited by J Headley and H Hillerbrand. Ashgate, 2004. (Essay)

Robisheaux, T. "The German Peasants’ War." In Europe 1450-1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World. New York: Scribner’s, 2004.

Robisheaux, T. "Zur Rezeption Benedict Carpzov im 17ten. Jahrhundert." In Hexenprozesse und Gerichtspraxis,edited by F Irsigler and G Franz,527-44. Trier, 2001. (Essay)

Robisheaux, T. "Forensic Medicine and Witchcraft in Seventeeth Century Germany." In Languages of Witchcraft: Narrative, Ideology and Meaning in Early Modern Culture,edited by S Clark,197-215. London: Routledge, 2000. (Essay)

Robisheaux, T. "The Peasantries of Western Germany, 1300-1750." In The Peasantries of Europe from the Fourteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries,edited by T Scott,111-42. London: Longman, 1997. (Essay)

Robisheaux, T. "The Nobility in South Germany, 1790-1848." In Adel und Staatsverwaltung in Brandenburg im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert: Ein historischer Vergleich,edited by K Adamy,267-80. Akademie Verlag, 1996.

Robisheaux, T. "The World of the Village." In Handbook of European History 1400-1600: Late Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation,edited by TA Brady, HA Oberman, and JD Tracy,79-112. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1994. (Essay)

Robisheaux, T. "Microhistory and the Historical Imagination: New Frontiers." Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 47, no. 1 (January 2017): 1-6. Full Text

"Microhistory Today: A Roundtable Discussion." Edited by T Robisheaux. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 47, no. 1 (January 2017): 7-52. Full Text

Robisheaux, T. "Peasant Society and Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe." Peasant Studies 1 (1987): 105-118.

Thomas Robisheaux, . "Peasant Unrest and the Moral Economy in the German Southwest, 1560 1620." Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte 77 (1987): 174-186.