EVANSTON, Ill. --- Ethan H. Shagan, associate professor of history at Northwestern University, has been named the Wayne V. Jones Research Professor in History.
Shagan is a specialist in the history of early modern Britain, particularly the English Reformation and other aspects of religion and politics under the Tudors.
His first book “Popular Politics and the English Reformation” (Cambridge University Press, 2003) examined popular responses to the English Reformation and analyzed how everyday people received and responded to religious change. It centered on both political and religious history as they were intertwined in the 16th century.
A critical success, the book received the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize and the Forkosch Prize, both from the American Historical Association, the Whitfield Prize from the Royal Historical Society and the Roland H. Bainton Prize from Sixteenth Century Studies.
Shagan's current project is a history of the ideal of moderation and the “middle way” from the Reformation to the Glorious Revolution.
Shagan has also produced an edited collection, “Catholics and the 'Protestant Nation': Religious Politics and Identity in Early Modern England” (2005). The book brings together historians of Catholicism and historians of early modern English society to discuss many of the fundamental issues of English history from a Catholic perspective. It also looks at the fundamental issues of Catholic history in relation to English society.
Shagan received the Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Newberrry Library and the E. LeRoy Hall Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
Shagan joined the Northwestern faculty in 2000.