Bruce Gordon named Titus Street Professor

The Yale Corporation has approved the appointment of Professor of Reformation History Bruce Gordon as the new Titus Street Professor of Theology.  Gordon, who came to YDS in 2008 from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, is a specialist in late-medieval and early-modern religious history, in particular the Swiss and German Reformations, Bibles, devotional literature, the clergy, death and the dead, historical writing and historiography He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and is the author of a recently published and well-received biography of John Calvin, Calvin, published by Yale University Press.

Gordon“We were delighted to learn that President Levin has chosen to honor Bruce Gordon by appointing him to the Titus Street chair,” said Harold Attridge, the Rev. Henry L. Slack Dean of Yale Divinity School.  “Bruce's work on the Reformation in general and especially  his recent book on John Calvin have placed him among the foremost historians of Christianity of this generation. His teaching, like his scholarship, combines deep learning and sparkling insight. In a short time he has become a highly valued colleague at YDS and in the University as a whole.”

At the Divinity School, Gordon has served on the curriculum committee and as chair of the search committee for a junior position in American religious history.  In addition, he has been a member of the graduate admissions committee in early modern history for Yale’s Department of History.

Gordon, a native of Canada and a Presbyterian layman, taught from 1994 to 2008 at St. Andrews, where he was professor of modern history and deputy director of the St. Andrews Reformation Institute. Among his other published works, The Swiss Reformation was the first comprehensive study of the subject and was named an “Outstanding Publication” for 2003 by Choice magazine. Clerical Reformation and the Rural Reformation examined the creation of the Protestant ministry in Zurich and its numerous parishes in the sixteenth century.  He has edited books on the development of Protestant historical writing, the place of the dead in late-medieval and early-modern society, and the Swiss Reformer Heinrich Bullinger.

He heads a project on the Protestant Latin Bible of the sixteenth century and is on the editorial board of two monograph series: St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History (Ashgate), and Zürcher Beiträge zur Reformationsgeschichte (Theologischer Verlag Zürich).

He earned a B.A. at  King’s College of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, an M.A. at Dalhousie University, and a Ph.D. at the University of St. Andrews.

Previous to Gordon’s appointment to the Titus Street Professorship, the chair was held by Serene Jones, who left YDS to become president of Union Theological Seminary in New York.