Department ofHistory

Michael Halvorson

Michael Halvorson

Associate Professor

253-535-8258 (office)



European Reformations, Italian Renaissance, Middle Ages, and Western Civilizations


Ph.D., University of Washington, 2001


Michael Halvorson’s newest book is a fast-paced introduction to the Renaissance in Europe, c. 1350-1600, entitled The Renaissance: All That Matters. The book is designed for undergraduate students and the general public, and it will be published in August, 2014, by Hodder and Stoughton (UK) and McGraw-Hill (USA).  In 2010, Halvorson also published a biographical study of a German Lutheran pastor during the late Reformation entitled Heinrich Heshusius and Confessional Polemic in Early Lutheran Orthodoxy (Ashgate).

He is also the editor or co-editor of three recent essay collections: Defining Community in Early Modern Europe, with Karen E. Spierling (Ashgate, 2008); A Lutheran Vocation: Philip A. Nordquist and the Study of History at Pacific Lutheran University, with Robert P. Ericksen (PLU Press, 2005); and Lo-Ha-Ra-No (The Water Spring): Missionary Tales from Madagascar (Warren & Howe, 2003). 

Halvorson is currently working on the subject of Lutheran drama and commemoration in late Reformation Germany.  He is also a contributor to Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions, a new reference work commissioned by Baker Academic Publishing House and led by general editor Timothy J. Wengert.

For additional information about Michael Halvorson's books and ideas, click on his Personal Web Site link.