Benedict, Philip 1949–

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Benedict, Philip 1949–

(Philip Joseph Benedict)


Born August 20, 1949, in Washington, DC; son of William Sidney (an astrophysicist) and Ruth (a physician) Benedict; married Judith Segel (an urban planner), April 4, 1970; children: Lauryn, Lily. Education: Cornell University, B.A., 1970; Princeton University, M.A., 1972, Ph.D., 1975.


Home—Geneva, Switzerland. Office— Institut d'histoire de la Réformation, Université de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland. E-mail—[email protected].


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, visiting assistant professor of history, 1975-76; University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, assistant professor of history, 1976-78; Brown University, Providence, RI, began as assistant professor, became professor of history, 1978-2005; Institut d'histoire de la Réformation, Geneva, Switzerland, professor, 2005—. Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, member, 1983-84; Oxford University, fellow of All Souls College, 2002-03.


American Historical Association, American Society for Reformation Research, Society for French Historical Studies.


Fulbright fellow, 1972-73; fellow of American Council of Learned Societies, 1978, and National Endowment for the Humanities, 1988-89; Guggenheim fellow, 1989-90; fellow, National Humanities Center, 1993-94; two Roelker Prizes, American Society for Reformation Research, for best article of the year on the history of sixteenth-century France; Philip Schaff Prize, American Society for Church History, and Phyllis Goodheart Gordon Prize, Renaissance Society of America, both for Christ's Churches Purely Reformed: A Social History of Calvinism.


Rouen during the Wars of Religion, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1981.

(Editor and contributor) Cities and Social Change in Early Modern France, Unwin Hyman (Boston, MA), 1989.

The Huguenot Population of France, 1600-1685, American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, PA), 1991.

(Editor and contributor) Reformation, Revolt, and Civil War in France and the Netherlands, 1555-1585, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1998.

The Faith and Fortunes of France's Huguenots, 1600-85, Ashgate (Burlington, VT), 2001.

Christ's Churches Purely Reformed: A Social History of Calvinism, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 2002.

(Editor and contributor) Early Modern Europe: From Crisis to Stability, University of Delaware Press (Newark, DE), 2005.

History through Images in the Sixteenth Century: The Wars, Massacres, and Troubles of Tortorel and Perrissin, Librairie Droz (Geneva, Switzerland), 2007.

Contributor to books. Contributor to history journals.


Philip Benedict once told CA: "I see myself as part of a generation of historians which came of age when the activism of the 1960s and the first flush of enthusiasm for social history were both strong. I continue to remain fascinated by the classic problems at the heart of historical writing in that era: the long-term patterns of economic and social change and the relationships between ideology and society."

He later added: "More recently I have also become increasingly interested in visual culture. Above all, the tragically timely subject of religious violence has preoccupied me throughout my research career."



Times Literary Supplement, July 17, 1981, review of Rouen during the Wars of Religion.

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