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Johannes Wolfart

Associate Professor, Religion and Public Life M.A. Coordinator

Degrees:B.A. (Hons.), Ph.D (Cambridge)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2932
Office:2A62 Paterson Hall, Office hours Fall 2019: Monday 4-5 and Tuesday 1-2


Johannes Wolfart joined the Faculty of Carleton University in 2007. From 1994-1999 he was an assistant professor in the Department and Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. From 1999-2007 he was assistant/associate professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba, and a Senior Fellow of St. John’s College there. He has served one term as President of the Carleton University Academic Staff Association and is cross-appointed to the Department of History.

Research Interests

  • Early Modern Christianity, especially lesser-known varieties of Protestantism
  • The history of historiography, especially as practiced by lesser-known Protestants (so-called “confessional” historiography)
  • So-called “religious riots” and, more generally,  “religion and violence.”
  • Currently working on a book on the manuscript chronicles of seventeenth-century German Protestants

2019-2020 Courses

  • RELI 2230 A,  Global Christianity (F)
  • RELI 5801 A, Seminar in the Discipline (F)
  • MEMS 3001 A, Researching the Medieval & Early Modern Past (W)

Selected Publications

Religion, Government and Political Culture in Early Modern Germany (2002)

“Global Yokels: Vernacular Manuscript Chronicles and Urban Identity in Early Modern Germany” in: Clark, Owens and Smith, eds., City Limits: Perspectives on the Historical European City  (2010)

“Revisiting the Confessional: Donald Wiebe’s “Small ‘c’ Confessional,” Its Historical Entailments and Linguistic Entanglements” in: Arnal, Braun and McCutcheon, eds.,  Failure and Nerve in the Academic Study of Religion(2012)


  • Rh-Award for Research in the Humanities (Manitoba)
  • SSHRC Postdoc
  • SSHRC General Grant