Dr. Paul Strauss

Dr. Paul Strauss

Building Location:
Bizzini Hall
See Building#2: Map
Office Location:
B118H - See Map
Phone:(209) 667-3231
E-mail: pstrauss@csustan.edu

Assistant Professor of History,
Advisor, Alpha Epsilon Lambda Chapter, Phi Alpha Theta


Ph.D., History, University of Nebraska, 2016
MAE, History/Social Science, Truman State University, 2008
BA, History, Truman State University, 2007

Fields of Interest

Early Modern Europe
German Reformation
Medieval Europe
Religious History

Courses Taught

HIST 3120 Ancient Mediterranean
HIST 3140 Medieval Europe
HIST 3210 Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 3220 Absolutism and Revolution
HIST 4230 The Crusades
HIST 4370 Tudor-Stuart England
HIST 4960 Senior Seminar
HIST 5920 Graduate Seminar-European


“History in the Postils: Pericopic Preaching on the Jews and the Destruction of the Temple” (article in progress)

“Megerlin (Megerle), Ulrich (Abraham a Sancta Clara),” Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographic History. Volume 14: Central and Eastern Europe (1700-1800), eds. David Thomas and John Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2020).

“Scherer, Georg,” in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 9: Western and Southern Europe (1600-1700), eds. David Thomas and John Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 932-37.

“Denny, Margaret Edgecumbe,” in A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen, Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts, 1500-1650, eds. Carole Levin, Anna Riehl Bertolet, and Michele Osherow (Farnham: Ashgate, 2016), 504.

“The Virgin Queen as Nurse of the Church: Manipulating an Image of Elizabeth I in Court Sermons,” in Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens, eds. Carole Levin and Christine Stewart-Nuñez (New York: Palgrave, 2015), 185-202. Queenship and Power Series.

Conference and Invited Presentations

“Luther the Turk: The Use and Abuse of Luther in Late Sixteenth-Century Catholic Critiques of Islam,” Sixteenth Century Society Conference, St. Louis, MO, October 2019

“Turks and Evangelicals in Catholic Reformation Preaching,” Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Albuquerque, NM, October 2018

“Reformation Preaching and the Destruction of the Temple: Historical Jews as Examples for Christian Audiences,” Joint Meeting of the Society for Reformation Research and the Verein für Reformationsgeschichte, Nuremberg, Germany, July 2017

“Cut from the Same Cloth: Georg Scherer’s Preaching on Islam and Heresy in Counter-Reformation Vienna,” Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Bruges, Belgium, August 2016

“Preaching the History of the Mahometisch Reich in Early Modern Germany,” Twelfth Annual Workshop on Early Modern German History, German Historical Institute, London, UK, May 2015

“Fear, Conversion, and Consolation: The Use of Muslims and Jews in the Sermons of Johann Wild,” Renaissance Society of America, Berlin, Germany, March 2015

“Heathens Ravaging Christendom: Forming Lutheran Confessional Identity in Sermons on the Turks,” Sixteenth Century Society Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 2013

Selected Grants and Awards

Doctoral Research Fellowship, Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz, Germany, August 2015-March 2016

Fulbright Student Grant, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany/Technische Universität-Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany, 2014-2015

Rolf und Ursula Schneider-Stiftung zur Förderung der Geschichtswissenschaften Stipendium, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, Summer 2014

Marguerite C. and Clare McPhee Memorial Research Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of History, Spring 2014