Robin Barnes


Ph.D., M.A. University of Virginia
B.A. Colby College


My research focuses on the cultural history of Germany in the 16th and 17th centuries.

I'm the author of Prophecy and Gnosis: Apocalypticism in the Wake of the Lutheran Reformation (Stanford University Press), as well as numerous articles and reviews on such subjects as prophecy, millenarianism, and astrology in the early modern world. I've served as the president of the Society for Reformation Research, and as associate editor of The Sixteenth Century Journal.

I'm currently completing a book project on the role of astrology in the culture of Reformation Germany and was awarded a year-long fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies to finish it. The work, to be published by Oxford University Press, argues that the spread of popular astrological ideas and images both prepared the cultural ground for, and shaped the course of, the reform movement begun by Martin Luther in the sixteenth century.

My other recent publications include Ideas and Cultural Margins in Early Modern Germany and T&T Clark Companion to Reformation Theology.


I teach courses in late medieval and early modern Europe, Renaissance/Reformation, the history of western Christianity, and popular culture in pre-industrial Europe.