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Johannes Wolfart

Full Professor

Degrees:B.A. (Hons.), Ph.D (Cambridge)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2932
Office:2A62 Paterson Hall


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

Winter 2024 courses

RELI 2200 Christianity

RELI 3220 Reformation Europe

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)

“Why Was There Even a Reformation in Lindau? The Myth and Mystery of Lindau’s Conflict-Free Reformation” Renaissance and Reformation 40/4 (2017): 43-72.

“Increasing Religious Diversity: Historiographical Criticism of Current Paradigm” Nova Religio 21/4 (2018): 63-87.


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