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Ronnie Po-chia Hsia
Ronnie Po-chia Hsia

* Academic Experience

Ph.D., Yale University

Current Positions:
Correspondence Research Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica (2003.2- )
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University (2001.9- )

Previous Positions:
Lecturer in History and Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, Columbia University (1982-1984)
Assistant Professor of History, Cornell University (1984-1987)
Visiting Scholar, Department of History, Dartmouth College (1986-1987)
Associate Professor of History, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1987-1989)
Professor of History, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1989-1990)
Professor of History, New York University (1990-2001)
Research Center Religion and Society, Universiteit van Amsterdam; department of social history,
      Universiteit Utrecht (1994 6-12)
Humboldt-Fellow, Max-Planck-Institut fur Geschichte, Gottingen (1995)
Elected Academician to the Academia Sinica, Taiwan (2000)

* Academic Honors

Academician, Academia Sinica (2000)
American Academy in Berlin, Berlin Prize Fellowship
Alexander-von-Humboldt Stiftung Fellowship
DAAD Fellowship
Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C., Fellowship
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Fellowship
Guggenheim Fellowship

* Publications
Books (Author) ▼
  1. Reformation Europe 1480-1580 (London: Longman, under contract).
  2. The Countess and the Orphans: Maria Theresia von Fugger-Wellenburg and the Jesuit Mission in China and Vietnam, 1739-1763 (Augsburg, forthcoming) (=Materialien und Forschungen zur Geschichte der Fugger, Bd. 3)
  3. The World of Catholic Renewal, 1540-1770 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998). German translation: Gegenreformation: Die Welt der katholischen Erneuerung , 1540-1770 (Frankfurt: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1998). Italian translation: La Controriforma. Il mondo del rinnovamento cattolico (1540-1770) (Bologna: Mulino, 2001). Spanish translation forth coming from Madrid: Siglo Ventiuno.
  4. Trent 1475: Stories of A Ritual Murder Trial (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992). German translation: Trient: Geschichten eines Ritualmordprozesses (Frankfurt: Fischer Verlag, 1997).
  5. Social Discipline in the Reformation: Central Europe 1550-1750 (London: Routledge, 1989).
  6. The Myth of Ritual Murder: Jews and Magic in Reformation Germany (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988).
  7. Society and Religion in Munster, 1535-1618 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984). German translation: Geschichte und Religion in Munster 1535-1618 (Munster: Aschendorff Verlag, 1989).


Books (Co-author) ▼
  1. The Making of the West. Peoples and Cultures, co-authored with Lynn Hunt et al., (Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001; abbreviated edition, 2003).
  2. The Challenge of the West. Peoples and Cultures from the Stone Age to the Global Age, co-authored with Lynn Hunt, Bonnie Smith, Barbara Rosenwein, and Thomas R. Martin (Lexington, Massachusetts: D.C. Heath, 1994).


Books (Editor) ▼
  1. Cambridge History of Christianity. Vol. 5: Reformation and Counter-Reformation. In preparation.
  2. Blackwell Companion to the World of the Reformation (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003).
  3. Calvinism and Religious Toleration in the Dutch Golden Age, co-editor with Henk van Nierop (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).
  4. Problems in the Historical Anthropology of Early Modern Europe, co-edited with Robert Scribner (=Wolfenbutteler Forschungen 78) (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1997).
  5. Section editor for "Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, 1500-1800," in Mary Beth Norton, ed., (The American Historical Association Guide to Historical Literature, 1995).
  6. In and Out of the Ghetto: Gentile-Jewish Relations in Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany, co-edited with Hartmut Lehmann (=Publications of the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.) (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995).
  7. The German People and the Reformation (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988).


Book (Translator) ▼

Chinese translation of The Fontana Economic History of Europe: The Middle Ages (Taipei: Yun-ch'en, 1984).


Articles ▼
  1. "A Time for Monsters: The Eruption of the Divine in the Sixteenth Century," in Monstrous Bodies/Political Monstrosities in Early Modern Europe, editors Laura Knoppers and Joan Landers (Itaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003).
  2. "The Reformation and Its Worlds," in A Companion to the World of the Reformation, editor R. Po-chia Hsia (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003).
  3. "The Catholic Mission to China, 1583-1724," in A Companion to The World of the Reformation, editor R. Po-chia Hsia (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003).
  4. "From Buddhist Garb to literati Silk: Costume and Identity of the Jesuit Missionary," in Religious ceremonials and images: power and social meaning (1400-1750), editor Jose Pedro Paiva (Coimbra: Palimage, 2002), pp. 143-154.
  5. "Religious Cultures," in A Companion to the Worlds of the Renaissance, editor Guido Ruggiero (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002), pp. 333-348.
  6. "From Confucian-Catholic Concordance to East-West Conflict: Transformation in European Views of China," (In Chinese) in Xin Shihxue 12:3 (September 2001): 1-18.
  7. "Conversion and Conversation: A Dialogical History of the Catholic Missions in China from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century," in Eszter Andor and Istvan Gyorgy Toth eds., Frontiers of Faith. Religious Exchange and the Constitution of Religious Identities 1400-1750 (Budapest: Central European University/European Science Foundation, 2001), pp. 37-54.
  8. "Die Konversion der Juden zur Zeit Reuchlins," in Bernd Roeck ed., Die Welt im Augenspiegel--Johannes Reuchlin und seine Zeit (Editor Bernd Roeck. Forthcoming).
  9. "The Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Reformation" in Encyclopedia of European Social History: From 1350-2000, ed., Peter N. Stearns (New York: Scribner's, 2001), vol. 1, pp. 153-163.
  10. "L'edit de tolerance en Chine du XVII siecle," in Guy Saupin et al., eds., La Tolerance. Colloque international de Nantes mai 1998. Quatrieme centenaire de l'edit de Nantes (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 1999).
  11. "Etre chretien et chinois: les temoignages des convertis aux XVIe, XVIIe et XVIIIe siecles," in Gabriel Audisio, ed., Religion et Identite (Aix-en-Provence: Presses de l'Universite de Provence, 1998), pp. 241-148.
  12. "A Religious Minority in a Confessional Society: Jews in the Holy Roman Empire of the Seventeenth Century," in Hartmut Lehmann and Anne-Charlott Trepp, eds., Im Zeichen der Krise.Religiositat im Europa des 17. Jahrhunderts (Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1999).
  13. "Jews Before the Law: Corporate Statues and Judicial Practices for A Minority in Cities of the Holy Roman Empire, 16-17th Centuries," in Marc Boone and Maarten Prak, eds., Statuts individuels, statuts corporatifs et statuts judiciaires dans les villes europeennes (moyen age et temps moderne) (Leuven: Garant, 1996), pp. 225-236.
  14. "Civic militia and civic liberties in early modern cities," in Tijdschrift voor sociale Geschiedenis 23.1 (1997), special issue on "Schutterijen in de vroege moderne tijd," pp. 52-60.
  15. "Mission und Konfessionalisierung in Ubersee. Die Chinamission und das Heilige Romische Reich," in Wolfgang Reinhard and Heinz Schilling, eds., Katholische Konfessionalisierung (Munster: Aschendorff, 1995), pp. 114-119.
  16. "Jewish Minorities in German Towns 1450-1650," in Hugo Soly and Alfons van Thijs, eds., Minderheden in westeuropese steden (16de - 20ste eeuw), (=Belgisch Historisch Instituut te Rome Bibliotheek, XXXIV) (Brussel-Rome, 1995), pp. 157-172.
  17. "Citizenship and Minority Rights: Burger and Jews in the Early Modern German City," in Robert Descimon et al., eds., Le droit de bourgeoisie dans les villes d'Europe occidentale entre le XVe et le XVIIIe siecle (Paris, forthcoming).
  18. "Witchcraft, Magic, and the Jews in Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany," in Jeremy Cohen, ed., From Witness to Witchcraft. Jews and Judaism in Medieval Christian Thought (=Wolfenbutteler Mittelalter-Studien 11) (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1996), pp. 419-434.
  19. "Burgerrecht und Judenprivilegien: Ein Widerspruch?" in Marion Kobelt-Groch and Norbert Fischer, eds., Grenzuberschreitungen in Europa der fruhen Neuzeit (Festschrift fur Hans-Jurgen Goertz, Leiden: E.J. Brill, in press).
  20. "The 'German Seventeenth Century': A Review Article," in Journal of Modern History 66.4 (December 1994): 726-736.
  21. "Judische Geldverleiher," in Von Aktie bis Zoll. Ein historisches Lexikon des Geldes ed., Michael North (Munich: C.H. Beck, 1995), pp. 178-181.
  22. "The Structure of Belief: Confessionalism and Society 1500-1600," in Germany. A New Social and Economic History. Vol. I 1450-1630, ed., Robert Scribner (London: Arnold, 1996), pp. 355-377.
  23. "Le clerge lutherien et les juifs dans le saint empire romain germanique," in Gerald Chaix, ed., Changements religieux, genese de l'etat moderne et transformations sociales. Place, fonction et images des clercs France et Empire (1500-1650) (Paris, forthcoming).
  24. "Christian Ethnographies of Jews in Early Modern Germany," in Raymond B. Waddington and Arthur H. Williamson, eds., The Expulsion of the Jews. 1492 and AfterChangements religieux, genese de l'etat moderne et transformations sociales (New York: Garland, 1994), pp. 223-236.
  25. "The Emperors and the Jews," in Charles Ingrao, ed., The Making of the Habsburg Monarchy (West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 1994), pp. 71-79.
  26. "'Jews,' and 'Social Discipline,'" entry articles in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, ed., Hans J. Hillerbrand (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996).
  27. "Juden, Magie und Judenhass im Deutschland der fruhen Neuzeit," in Monika Hagenmaier and Sabine Holz eds., Krisenbewusstsein und Krisenbewaltigung in der Fruhen Neuzeit. Festschrift fur Hans-Christoph Rublack (Frankfurt: P. Lang, 1992), pp. 353-369.
  28. "Historical Anthropology and Religious Culture: Christian Ethnographies of Jews in Central Europe," in R. Po-chia Hsia and Robert Scribner, eds., Problems in the Historical Anthropology of Early Modern Europe (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1997), pp. 35-47.
  29. "The Usurious Jew: Religious Rhetoric and Economic Structure in an anti-Jewish Discourse, " in R. Po-chia Hsia and Hartmut Lehmann, eds., In and Out of the Ghetto: Jewish-Gentile Relations in Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995), pp. 161-176.
  30. "Princes', Cities, and People's Reformation: Rivals or Phases?" in Archiv fur Reformationsgeschichte (Sonderband Washington 1993), pp. 292-301.
  31. "Anti-Clericalism in the Pamphlet Literature," in Heiko A. Oberman, ed., Anticlericalism in Late Medieval and Reformation Europe (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1993), pp. 491-498.
  32. "Il manoscritto di Yeshiva University sul il processo contro gli ebrei," in Iginio Rogger, ed., Il Principe Vescovo Giovanni Hinderbach (1465-1486) fra tardo medioevo e umanesimo (Trent, 1993).
  33. "The transformation of Anti-Semitism in Early Modern Germany," in Sander L. Gilman and Steven Katz, eds., Anti-Semitism in Times of Crisis (New York: New York University Press, 1991), pp. 115-139.
  34. "Between State and Community: Religious and Ethnic Minorities in Early Modern Germany, " in Susan Karant-Nunn and Andrew Dix, eds., Germania Illustrata. Law, Reformation and the State in Early Modern Germany. Festschrift for Gerald Strauss (St. Louis: Sixteenth Century Publications, 1991), pp. 169-180.
  35. "Die Sakralisierung der Gesellschaft. Blutfrommigkeit and Verehrung der Heiligen Familie in der Reformation," in Kommunalisierung und Christianisierung. Voraussetzungen und Folgen der Reformation 1400-1600 (=Zeitschrift fur Historische Forschung, Beiheft 9, 1989), pp. 57-75.
  36. "Jewish Magic in Early Modern Germany," in Steven Ozment, ed., Cities and Their Culture in Renaissance and Reformation Europe (St. Louis: Sixteenth Century Publications, 1989), pp. 81-97.
  37. "Die Juden im Alten Reich: Einige Bemerkungen zu einer Forschungsaufgabe," in Georg Schmidt, ed., Stande und Gesellschaft im Alten Reich (Mainz: F. Steiner, 1989), pp. 211-221.
  38. "Munster and the Anabaptists," in R. Po-chia Hsia, ed., The German People and the Reformation (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988), pp. 51-69.
  39. "Printing and Censorship: The Transmission of Antisemitic Ideas in Sixteenth Century Germany," in Philip Bebb and Sherrin Marshall, eds., The Process of Change in Early Modern Europe: Festchrift for Miriam Usher Chrisman (Athens: Ohio State University Press, 1988), pp. 135-148.
  40. "The Myth of the Commune: Recent Historiography on City and Reformation in Germany," in Central European History 20:3/4 (1987): 203-215.
  41. "Civil Wills as Sources for the Study of Piety in Munster, 1530-1618," in Sixteenth Century Journal 14.3 (1983): 321-348.
  42. "Die Neue Form der Ratswahl in Munster, 1554/55," in Westfalische Zeitschrift 131/132  (1981/82): 197-204.
  43. "The Utopia in Chinese," in Moreana 18.69 (1981): 107-109.
  44. "Robert Lopez and the Commerical Revolution of the European Middle Ages," [in Chinese] in Shih-hsueh p'ing-lun 3 (1981): 201-218.
  45. "Henri Pirenne," [in Chinese] in Shih-hsueh p'ing-lun 2 (1980): 189-212.
  46. "Marc Bloch and the Annales," [in Chinese] in Shih-hsueh p'ing-lun 1 (1979): 211-218.


Book reviews ▼

About seventy-five book reviews in: Times Higher Education Supplement, German History, Renaissance Quarterly, Sixteenth Century Journal, American Historical Review, Journal of Social History, Catholic Historical Review, Journal of Modern History, Journal of Economic History, Journal of Early Modern History, Journal of Religion, European History Review, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Mennonitische Geschichtsblatter, The Jewish Quarterly Review, Societa e Storia, Central European History, Zion, Cristianesimo nella storia, Speculum.


Endowed Lectures ▼
  1. "Europe and China before Imperialism," The New History Lectures, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, June, 2001.
  2. "Catholic Europe and the Conversion of China, 16th to 18th Centuries." Lecture at the Central European University, Budapest, January 1999.
  3. "Between the Messiah and the Millennium: Jewish-Gentile Relations in Central Europe between Reformation and Toleration." The 1997-98 Sol and Arlene Bronstein Lecture, Indiana University.
  4. "Juden als Minderheit in der deutschen Geschichte: Fruhe Neuzeit." May 1994, a series of four lectures funded by the Chancellor of Universitat Potsdam, Germany.
  5. "Trent 1475: Ethnography of a Judicial Murder," May 21, 1990, Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture, University of California, Irvine.
  6. "Religious and Ethnic Minorities in Early Modern Germany," June 2, 1989, Washington D.C., The German Historical Institute.
  7. "Munster vor dem Westfalischen Frieden: Konfessionalisierung und Toleranz in der Burgergemeinschaft," October 5, 1988, Munster, inaugural lecture in the series "Kolloquien und Vortrage zur Geschichte der Stadt Munster."
  8. "The Myth of Ritual Murder: Jews and Magic in Renaissance Europe," November 9, 1988, The Robert F. Allabough Class of 1934 Memorial Lecture, Dartmouth College.


Teaching ▼

seminars and lectures in Western civilization, World civilization, History of Christianity, Renaissance, Reformation, and Early Modern Europe; nominated for Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1990.


Dissertations Directed ▼
  1. David C. Lederer, "Reforming the Spirit: Society, Madness and Suicide in Central Europe, 1517-1809," 1995. Maynooth College, National University of Ireland.
  2. James Palmitessa, "House, Home and Neighborhood on the Eve of White Mountain: Material Culture and Daily Life in the New City of Prague," 1995. Department of History, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  3. Victoria de la Torre, "Sex, Subjugation and the Succession: Gender and Politics in Early Elizabethan England," 1997.
  4. Kirsten Schultz, "'Tropical Versailles': the Transfer of the Portuguese Court to Rio de Janeiro, Monarchy and Empire (1808-1821), 1998. The Cooper Union, New York.
  5. Duane Corpis, "Crossing the Boundaries of Belief: The Geographies of Religious Conversion in Southern Germany, 1648-1800," 2001. Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
  6. Joel Budd, "Old Age in London, 1590-1700," 2002.


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