Department ofHistory

Gregg A. Roeber

Gregg A. Roeber

Professor of Early Modern History and Religious Studies
Co-Director of Max Kade German-American Research Institute

312 Weaver Building

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: (814) 863-8943

Curriculum Vitae:


MA Theol., Balamand University, 2010
PhD, Brown University, 1977
AM, Brown University, 1974
MA, University of Denver, 1972
BA, University of Denver, 1971



I am an historian of the law and Christianity (Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant.) Recent publications have touched on Orthodox-Roman Catholic-Lutheran relationships (Changing Churches 2013), on early modern marriage debates (Hopes for Better Spouses 2014) and a survey of Byzantine canon law and the problem of mixed marriages (Marriages, Mysteries and Memory ( forthcoming). I am the co-editor of,  and contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology (forthcoming, 2016) and am currently writing a book on the human rights debates and Orthodox Christianity, specifically with reference to the U.S.  (The Rights Revolution and Orthodox Christians: American Law, Religious Minorities and Global Implications.) I am also co-director of the Max Kade German-American Research Institute that seeks to promote the best scholarship on German-speakers in a global diaspora from the sixteenth through the “long eighteenth”-century.  The Institute will host an international interdisciplinary conference on “Rights—Human, Civil and Religious in the Federal Republic of Germany and the U.S. since 1948” at Penn State in March, 2017.

Recent Publications:

Hopes for Better Spouses: Protestant Marriage and Church Renewal in Early Modern Europe, India, and North America (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2013)

Changing Churches: An Orthodox, Catholic, and Lutheran Theological Conversation (with Mickey L. Mattox and Paul R. Hinlicky) Grand Rapids. MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2012.

Palatines, Liberty and Property: German Lutherans in Colonial British America (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1998)

Faithful Magistrates and Republican Lawyers: Creators of Virginia Legal Culture, 1680-1810. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 1981.

Awards and Service:

Fritz Thyssen Foundation Research Grant (2010-2011)
Co-winner John H. Dunning Prize, American Historical Association (1993)
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, 1983-4; 1987-88

Recent Courses:

HIST 105 – The Byzantine Empire
HIST 423 – Orthodox Christianity: History and Interpretations
HIST 531 – Religion and State-Making in the Early Modern World, 1400-1800