Scandinavian Area Studies

Michael Halvorson

Michael Halvorson

Associate Professor of History

253-535-8258 (office)



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


Ph.D., University of Washington, 2001

Michael Halvorson's research is currently focused on Germany during the Late Reformation period (c. 1555-1648).  His most recent book is a biographical study of a German Lutheran pastor and superintendent entitled Heinrich Heshusius and the Polemics of Early Lutheran Orthodoxy, 1556-1597 (Ashgate, 2010).  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).  He is currently at work on a book about the Renaissance in Europe.  For additional information about Michael Halvorson's books and ideas, click on his Personal Web Site link.