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Jason Coy


Address: Maybank Hall, Room 324
Office Hours: TR 9:00-10:30 and by appointment
Phone: 843.953.8273

Jason Coy earned his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. His research and teaching interests are the history of Early Modern Europe, Reformation Europe, and European magic and witchcraft. He is currently working on a book manuscript on divination and fortunetelling in Germany, 1500-1800. The study examines the role of divination in theological discourse, pastoral efforts, and disciplinary efforts in the wake of the Reformation. He has also started preliminary research on a project that will focus on the memorialization and legal rehabilitation of victims of the early modern witch-hunts in twentieth-century America, Britain, and Germany.


2001 - Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests

Dr. Coy’s research interests include the cultural history of magic and witchcraft and the social history of banishment and migration in early modern Europe. 

Courses Taught

HIST 115: Magic, Religion, and Science in the West

HIST 270: The European Witch-Hunts, 1450-1750

HIST 336: Renaissance Europe

HIST 337: Reformation Europe

HIST 441: Reformation and Society in Europe (Seminar)

HIST 441: Witch-Hunting in the Atlantic World (Seminar)

HIST 537: Renaissance and Reformation Europe (Graduate)

HIST 691: Historiography (Graduate)

Honors and Awards

Herzog Ernst Fellowship of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation at the Forschungszentrum Gotha (2012).

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Re-Invitation Grant (2011).

Invited lecture (Annual Malcolm Lester Lecture), “Banishment and Exclusion in Sixteenth-Century Germany,” at Davidson College (2010).

Keynote address at the “Banishment in Early Modern Europe” conference at the Université Paris X, in Nanterre, France (2009).

Invited lecture at the “Regulating Migration in Early Modern Cities” conference in Brussels, Belgium, a conference sponsored by the University of Antwerp (2009) 

Eleanore and Harold Jantz Fellowship from the Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library (2009).

Dorothy and O.J. Small Faculty Development Grant from the College of Charleston School of Humanities and Social Sciences (2008).

Excel Outstanding Faculty Award for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College of Charleston (2007).

Maria Sibylla Merian Fellowship for Postdoctoral Studies from the University of Erfurt, Germany (2002).

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) annual research grant (1998-1999).


Coy is the author of Strangers and Misfits: Banishment, Social Control, and Authority in Early Modern Germany, (Studies in Central European Histories 47, Thomas Brady and Roger Chickering, eds., Leiden: Brill Academic Press, 2008).

He is also the author of a general survey of German history, A Brief History of Germany (New York: Infobase Publishing, 2011).

Coy also wrote the introduction and co-edited (with Benjamin J. Marschke, and David W. Sabean) a volume entitled The Holy Roman Empire, Reconsidered (Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association, Berghahn Press, 2010). The book, which presents the most recent scholarly approaches to studying the Holy Roman Empire, was the inaugural volume in a book series sponsored by the German Studies Association, the leading international conference group in the field. A paperback edition appeared in 2013.

Another co-edited volume, a Festschrift, is currently in production: Jason Coy, Jared Poley, Benjamin Marschke, and Claudia Verhoeven, Kinship, Community, and Self: Essays in Honor of David Warren Sabean (Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association, Berghahn Press, Forthcoming, 2015).