Thomas Brady

Sather Professor Emeritus


A.B., University of Notre Dame 1959
M.A., Columbia University 1962
Ph.D., University of Chicago 1968
Ph.D., honoris causa, University of Bern 1993

Research Interests

Teaching Areas

Europe since the Renaissance; Social History of Early Modern Europe; the Protestant and Catholic Reformations; Early Modern Germany; Modern Ireland

Areas of Interest

History of social thought, social movements, politics, and religion; comparative Eurasian history; historiography; urban history; rural history


Central Europe in the 15th-17th centuries; political history of the German Reformation; comparative urban history; German and European historiography

Professional Positions

University of Oregon 1967-90. Asst. Prof. to Prof. of History 1967-91;

Prof. of Religious Studies 1985-91;

President's Distinguished Prof. of the Humanities 1987-91
University of California, Berkeley 1991- .

Prof. of History 1991- ;
Alumni Assn. Distinguished Professor, 1991-96

Peder Sather Professor of History 2001-2009
Professor of the Graduate School 2006-2009
Heiko A.

Oberman Visiting Professor in Late Medieval and Reformation History, University of Arizona, Fall 2007

Visiting Professor, National University of Ireland, Galway, Fall 2008


Alexander von Humboldt Fellow 1975-76, 1985

IREX Exchange Fellow, German Democratic Republic 1980

Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, Federal Republic of Germany 1980-81

NEH Senior Research Fellow 1984-85
Presidential Faculty Excellence Award, University of Oregon 1986

Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 1988-89

Fellow of the Historisches Kolleg, Munich, Germany 1998-99

Fellow at the National Humanities Center 2001-02

Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2003-
AHA-Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award 2004

Honorary Member of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences 2009-
Society for Reformation Research-Bodo Nischan Award for Scholarship, Civility, and Service

Personal Information

Born at Columbia, Boone Co., Missouri, 23 Nov. 1937

Representative Publications

Ruling Class, Regime and Reformation at Strasbourg, 1520-1555 (Leiden, 1978)

Turning Swiss: Cities and Empire, 1450-1550 (Cambridge, 1985) (German Studies Association Book Prize, 1987)

Protestant Politics: Jacob Sturm (1489-1553) and the German Reformation (Atlantic Highlands, N.J., 1995)

The Politics of the German Reformation (Atlantic Highlands, N.J., 1996) (German translation, Berlin, 1996)

German Histories in the Age of Reformations, 1400-1650 (Cambridge, 2009) (Sixteenth Century Society and Conference Gerald Strauss Book Prize, 2010)


Itinerarium Italicum: The Profile of the Italian Renaissance in the Mirror of its European Transformations. Dedicated to Paul Oskar Kristeller on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday (Leiden, 1975)

Handbook of European History, 1400-1600. Late Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, 2 vols. (Leiden, 1994-95)


The Revolution of 1525: The German Peasants' War from a New Perspective, by Peter Blickle (Baltimore, 1981)

Obedient Germans? A Rebuttal, by Peter Blickle (Charlottesville, Va., 1997).