Early Modern Europe, Early Modern Germany, Renaissance and Reformation studies.
Michael Springer is a specialist in early modern European history. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews in 2005. His research focuses on the early Reformation and, more specifically, on clerical reforms of the period and their impact on political developments and changing identities in Early Modern Germany. He is the author of Restoring Christ’s Church: John a Lasco and the Forma ac ratio (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2007), an in-depth study of the Polish reformer’s ordinance written for the London Strangers’ Church and its impact on refugee congregations in Europe. His current research project focuses on the first generation of superintendents in Saxony, Thuringia, and Hesse, and their ideas about religious and political reform. In addition to his duties in the Department of History and Geography, Dr. Springer also serves as the director of UCO’s Office of High Impact Practices, an office that administers the Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activity (RCSA) grant program and encourages undergraduate research at UCO. He also serves as an editor for H-German, an H-Net Commons network.
In addition to teaching courses on Western Civilization and historical methods, Dr. Springer offers courses on the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and early modern Europe. In 2013 he received a Faculty Teaching Merit Award from UCO, and in 2014 he was nominated by the university for consideration for the CASE U.S. Professors of the Year Awards.