Brad S. Gregory

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Brad S. Gregory
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Brad Gregory PhD (2017)
Brad Stephan Gregory

(1963-05-28) May 28, 1963 (age 58)
AwardsHiett Prize (2005)[1]
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisThe Anathema of Compromise[2] (1996)
Doctoral advisorAnthony Grafton[2]
Other academic advisorsHeiko Oberman
Academic work
Main interestsReformation
Notable worksSalvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe (1999)
The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society (2012)[3]

Brad Stephan Gregory (born May 28, 1963) holds the Dorothy G. Griffin Collegiate Chair in European History at the University of Notre Dame. After spending the Spring 2002 semester as a visiting scholar with the Erasmus Institute at Our Lady's University,[4] Gregory came to Notre Dame in 2003 after teaching at Stanford University, where he received early tenure in 2001. He became a full professor of history at Notre Dame in 2012. Gregory formerly served as the Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies, which was founded in 2008, from 2013-2019.[5] Together with Randall C. Zachman, Gregory also serves as the North American editor of the Archive for Reformation History.

Educational Background and Personal Life[edit]

Gregory was born in Woodstock, Illinois, on May 28, 1963. He attended grade school through eighth grade in the Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 and graduated from Marian Central Catholic High School.[6] He received a BS in history from Utah State University; BA and licentiate degrees in philosophy from the Higher Institute of Philosophy of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; an MA in history from the University of Arizona; and a PhD in history from Princeton University. At Arizona, Gregory worked under Heiko Oberman. At Princeton, he studied under Anthony Grafton.

Prior to taking his position at Notre Dame, he was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows and an Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University.


Awards and fellowships received by Gregory include the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford's highest teaching honor, and the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford.

He is the author of numerous scholarly articles. His book Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe has won six awards, including the 1999 Thomas J. Wilson Prize as the best first book published by the Harvard University Press and the California Book Award Silver Medal for Nonfiction. In 2012 he wrote the widely acclaimed book The Unintended Reformation.[7]

In 2005, Gregory received the inaugural Hiett Prize in the Humanities, a $50,000 award given to the outstanding mid-career humanities scholar in the United States.[8][9] In the same year, he also received the Kaneb Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame.



  • Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe (Harvard, 1999)
  • The Forgotten Writings of the Mennonite Martyrs (Brill, 2002) (editor)
  • Seeing Things Their Way: Intellectual History and the Return of Religion (Notre Dame, 2009) (co-editor)
  • The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society (Belknap, 2012)
  • Rebel In The Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World (HarperCollins, 2017)
  • Formations of Belief: Historical Approaches to Religion and the Secular (Princeton, 2019) (contributor)

Journal Articles

  • "No Room for God? History, Science, Metaphysics, and the Study of Religion," History and Theory, 47 (2008): 495–519.
  • "Anabaptist Martyrdom: Imperatives, Experience, and Memorialization," in Anabaptism and Spiritualism, 1524–1700, ed. John D. Roth and James M. Stayer (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2007), pp. 467–506.[10]


  1. ^ Brad Gregory, Hiett Prize 2005
  2. ^ a b "Graftonians". Graftoniana. September 17, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  3. ^ The Unintended Reformation- Harvard University Press
  4. ^ "On the Sidelines with Brad Gregory - "From Stanford to Notre Dame"". Youtube.
  5. ^ "NDIAS- Brad S. Gregory, Faculty Fellow".
  6. ^ On the Sidelines with Brad Gregory: From Stanford to Notre Dame
  7. ^ Keen, Ralph (January 1, 1970). "Comment on Brad Gregory's The Unintended Reformation | Ralph Keen". Retrieved December 25, 2013.
  8. ^ Weeks, Jerome (April 8, 2005). "Historian wins first Hiett Prize: His studies of religious wars seen as promising, draws $50,000 award". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  9. ^ Brad S Gregory- NDIAS Director
  10. ^ Brad Gregory- ND Department of History
New award Hiett Prize
Succeeded by
Hilaire Kallendorf