David Mayes received his Ph.D. in Reformation and Early Modern European history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to his 2004 arrival at SHSU he resided in Mainz as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut für Europäische Geschichte, in Bern while studying at the University's Historisches Institut, and in Marburg as a Fulbright fellow researching in archives around central Germany. At SHSU he teaches the World History surveys as well as upper-level and graduate courses in European history. His current research project examines local parish and religious life in central Germany across the 16th-20th centuries.


Email: his_dcm@shsu.edu
Phone: 936.294.1485
Fax: 936.294.3938
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Department of History
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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
M.A., University of Richmond (Virginia), 1996
B.A., University of Richmond (Virginia), 1994


Sam Houston State University - Associate Professor 2009-, Assistant Professor 2004-2009
University of Montana - Adjunct Assistant Professor, 2003-2004
University of Richmond - Adjunct Assistant Professor, 1999


Communal Christianity: The Life & Loss of a Peasant Vision in Early Modern Germany. Studies in Central European Histories, vol. 35. Editors: Thomas A. Brady Jr. & Roger Chickering. Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004.

(forthcoming) “Divided By Toleration: Paradoxical Effects of the 1648 Peace of Westphalia and
Multiconfessionalim.” In Archive for Reformation History/Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte

(forthcoming) “Über die Konfessionen hinaus: ein Entwurf über den Pfad der ländlichen Pfarreien Hessens.” 
In Jahrbuch der Hessischen Kirchengeschichtlichen Vereinigung.

“Beyond Discipline: The Consistory in the Central Reformed Territories of the Holy Roman Empire.”  In
Politics, Gender, and Belief. The Long-Term Impact of the Reformation. Essays in memory of Robert Kingdon. editors Amy Nelson Burnett, Kathleen M. Comerford and Karin Maag.  Droz, 2014. pp.155-177.

“Zwei Arten der Konfessionalisierung: der 1605er Marburger Kirchentumult und der 1705er Frankenberger
Kirchhoftumult im Vergleich.”  In Jahrbuch der Hessischen Kirchengeschichtlichen Vereinigung, Bd. 64 (2013):

"Kommunale Konfessionalisierung im bäuerlichen Oberhessen im Zeitalter des Landgrafen Karls, 1677-1730." Zeitschrift des Vereins für Hessische Geschichte und Landeskunde 110 (2005): 129-158.

"Confessionalization and Central European Peasantry." Article on rural history for the Confessionalization Forum, H-German. 6 April 2005.

"Heretics or Nonconformists? State Policies Toward the Anabaptists in Sixteenth-Century Hesse." Sixteenth Century Journal 32/4 (2001): 1003-1026.


Central European history from the sixteenth to twentieth century, particularly the local community and parish life of German-speaking peasantries; more broadly, religion, politics and society in European history.

5394 - Early Modern Europe: Reformation Europe
5394 - Early Modern Europe: Persecution, Toleration, and Coexistence
5394 - Early Modern Europe: Peasant Europe 13th-19th cent.
5336 - Pre-Modern Europe: Early Medieval Europe 300-1000
5336 - Pre-Modern Europe: High & Late Medieval Europe 1000-1500
3334 - Renaissance Europe
3337 - Reformation Europe
3367 - Europe in the Age of Absolutism and Revolution 1648-1815
3371 - Medieval History
2311 - World History I: from the Ancient Civilizations to the Middle Ages
2312 - World History II: from the Renaissance to the Age of Imperialism


2013 NEH Summer Seminar
2013 (Spring) Faculty Development Leave, SHSU
2006-2007 Enhancement Grant for Professional Development, SHSU
2002-2003 Postdoktorand-stipendium, Institut für Europäische Geschichte. Mainz, Germany.
2000 Fulbright Grant Renewal
1998-1999 Fulbright Commission Grant
1998 Center for Reformation Research Grant. Saint Louis, Missouri.