Benedict, Philip 1949–
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.
(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.
(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."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Times Literary Supplement, July 17, 1981, review of Rouen during the Wars of Religion.