College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Photo: Jesse SpohnholzJesse Spohnholz

Director, The Roots of Contemporary Issues
    World History Program
Associate Professor of History
Wilson-Short Hall 351 – 509-335-7506

For the 2013-2014 academic year, Spohnholz is a
Scholar in Residence at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2004
M.Litt., Reformation Studies Institute, University of St. Andrews, 1999
B.A., Reed College, 1996

Academic & Professional Interests

Spohnholz teaches courses in early modern European social, cultural, and religious history, 1450–1750. He teaches courses on Europe during the period of the Renaissance and Reformation and specializes in the history of Germany and the Low Countries, as well as the topics of religion, family, and gender in early modern Europe. His research focuses on the social practices of toleration in Reformation-era Germany and the Netherlands and the experiences of religious refugees during Europe's Age of Religious Wars.

Selected Honors & Awards

2012 Gerald Strauss Book Prize in Reformation History, awarded by the Sixteenth Century Society

2011 Thesis Advisor of the Year, Honors College, Washington State University

2011 Eric W. Bell Learning Communities Excellence in Teaching Award, University College, Washington State University

2009 Harold J. Grimm Prize for the best journal article in Reformation studies, awarded by the Sixteenth Century Society

2005 Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize, awarded by the German Historical Institute


Spohnholz is the author of The Tactics of Toleration: A Refugee Community in the Age of Religious Wars (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2011).

His articles include:

“Religious Diversity during Europe's Age of Religious Wars (1550 - 1650),” in The Blackwell Companion to Religious Diversity, edited by Kevin Schilbrack (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming).

“Calvinism and Religious Exile during the Revolt of the Netherlands (1568–1609),” Immigrants and Minorities, forthcoming.

With M.G.K. van Veen, “Calvinists vs. Libertines: A New Look at Religious Exile and the Origins of ‘Dutch’ Tolerance,” in Calvinism and the European Mind, edited by Gysbert van den Brink (Leiden: Brill, 2013, forthcoming).

"Confessional Coexistence in the Early Modern Low Countries," in Multiconfessionalism in the Early Modern World, edited by Thomas Max Safley (Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2011).

"Turning Dutch? Conversion in Early Modern Wesel," in Conversion and the Politics of Religion in Germany, 1500-1750, edited by David Warren Sabean, David M. Luebke, Jared Poley, and Daniel Ryan (Providence: Berghahn Books, 2011).

"Multiconfessional Celebration of the Eucharist in Sixteenth-Century Wesel," Sixteenth Century Journal, vol. 39, no. 3 (2008).

"Olympias and Chrysostom: The Debate over Wesel's Reformed Deaconesses, 1568–1609," Archive for Reformation History/Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, vol. 98 (2007).”













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