Dr. Paul Strauss

Dr. Paul StraussAssistant Professor of History, Phi Alpha Theta Advisor


PhD, 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



“History and Pericopic Preaching on Jews: Confessional Formation in the German Reformation,” article in progress

“Scherer, Georg,” and “Megerlin, Ulrich (Abraham a Sancta Clara),” Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 9: Western and Southern Europe (1600-1700), eds. David Thomas and John Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).

“Edgecumbe, Margaret” 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).

           “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). Queenship and Power Series.

Conference and Invited Presentations

“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 and the History of the Jewish People,” Forschungskolloquium, Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz, Germany, February 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

“Muslims and Jews in Reformation Preaching,” Stipendiatenkolloquium, Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, March 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

“The Responsibilities of the Nurse of the Church: Court Sermons Delivered in the Presence of Elizabeth I,” South Central Renaissance Conference, Omaha, NE, March 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, 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

Paul Olsen Memorial Travel Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, Fall 2013, Summer 2014, Spring 2016

           Graduate Tuition Waiver, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Fall 2010-Fall 2013

Albin T. and Pauline Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Research in European History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of History, Spring 2013

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for High School Teachers, “Making Sense of the Reformation,” Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, July 2009