Florida State University

Department of History

Richard L. Greaves

Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of History

Bellamy 429
850-644-5888; 850-644-9517

A specialist in Early Modern British History, Professor Greaves received his Ph.D. degree from the University of London in 1964. Before moving to Florida State University in 1972, he taught at several colleges and universities, including Michigan State. In 1989 Florida State University awarded him its highest honor--the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professorship. He is also the recipient of a University Teaching Award, the Teaching Incentive Program Award, the Professorial Excellence Award, and the Phi Alpha Theta Professor of the Year Award. From 1993 to 2002 he served as chairman of the Department of History.

A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he has also served as President of the American Society of Church History and President of the International John Bunyan Society. A long-time member of the American Historical Association, he chaired its Morris D. Forkosch Award Committee and served on its Research Division. He serves on the editorial boards of Albion, The Baptist Quarterly, Bunyan Studies, and The Independent Works of William Tyndale. He has received postdoctoral fellowships and research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Huntington Library, and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.  In 1998 he was a Resident Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation's Center in Bellagio, Italy, and two years later he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. For additional information about his career, select the "Vita" link below.

He has written and edited twenty-five books, including a trilogy on British radicals in the period 1660 to 1689, numerous volumes dealing with John Bunyan, a study of John Knox's thought, an examination of religious and social views and practices in Elizabethan England, co-authored histories of world and western civilization, and a three-volume co-edited dictionary of British radicals in the seventeenth century. Two of his books have won prizes: The Puritan Revolution and Educational Thought: Background for Reform (1969), the recipient of the Walter D. Love Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies, and God's Other Children: Protestant Nonconformists and the Emergence of Denominational Churches in Ireland, 1660-1700 (1997), the recipient of the Albert C. Outler Prize in Ecumenical Church History from the American Society of Church History. Society and Religion in Elizabethan England (1981) was a finalist for the Robert Livingston Schuyler Prize of the American Historical Association. He has also published more than fifty journal articles and chapters in edited collections, and written or revised more than 500 encyclopedia entries. His most recent books are Dublin's Merchant-Quaker: Anthony Sharp and the Community of Friends, 1643-1707, published by Stanford University Press in 1998, and Glimpses of Glory: John Bunyan and English Dissent, published by Stanford in 2002. The latter volume focuses on the interplay of history, religion, psychology, and literature in Bunyan's life.  He is also writing numerous entries for the New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press). For details of his publications, select the "Vita" link below.

Currently he teaches courses on Early Modern Britain as well as graduate seminars. He has also taught classes in western and world civilization, the Reformation, historical methods, and Teaching College History. His current doctoral students are working on such subjects as the Restoration, Bishop Samuel Parker, and Arthur Annesley, earl of Anglesey. For details on their work and their email addresses or telephone numbers, select the "Current Graduate Students" link below.



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