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Jason Coy

Associate Professor and M.A. Program Director

Address: Maybank Hall, Room 215
Office Hours: T 2-4, R1-2 or by appointment
Phone: 843.953.8273

Jason Coy earned his Ph.D. 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 fortune-telling in Reformation-era Germany. The study will examine learned astrological beliefs, popular divinatory practices, and theological condemnations of divination, condemnations rooted in biblical and classical proscriptions, notions of the demonic, and belief in divine providence.

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

Research Interests

Dr. Coy’s research interests include banishment and migration in early modern Germany and the cultural history of magic and witchcraft in Reformation-era Europe. He has conducted archival research with the support of a University of California, Berkeley Center for German and European Studies research grant (1997), a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) annual research grant (1998-1999), a Maria Sibylla Merian Fellowship for Postdoctoral Studies from the University of Erfurt, Germany (2002), a Dorothy and O.J. Small Faculty Development Grant from the College of Charleston School of Humanities and Social Sciences (2008), and an Eleanore and Harold Jantz Fellowship from the Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library (2009).

Courses Taught

Renaissance Europe
Reformation Europe
Baroque Europe
Witchcraft in Europe
Renaissance and Reformation

Honors and Awards

Dr. Coy delivered the 2010 Malcolm Lester Lecture, entitled “Banishment and Exclusion in Sixteenth-Century Germany” at Davidson College

In 2009 he delivered the keynote address at the Banishment in Early Modern Europe Conference at the Université Paris X, in Nanterre, France. He also gave an invited lecture in 2009 at the Regulating Migration in Early Modern Cities Conference in Brussels, Belgium, a conference sponsored by the University of Antwerp.

In 2007 he was awarded the Excel Outstanding Faculty Award for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College of Charleston.


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) an examination of criminality and authority in Reformation-era Germany.

His most recent publication is a survey of German history from the Paleolithic era to the present, entitled 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) an edited volume entitled The Holy Roman Empire, Reconsidered (Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association, Berghahn Press, 2010). This co-edited volume, which presents the most recent scholarly approaches to studying the Holy Roman Empire, is the inaugural volume in a new book series sponsored by the German Studies Association, the leading international conference group in the field.

An article entitled “Hors de ce Domaine et Territoire: le Bannissement en Allemagne á l'Époque Moderne,” appeared in the journal La Licorne in 2010, in a special edition entitled “Le bannissement et l'exil en Europe aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles.”  

He has also published articles in Sixteenth Century Journal in 2008 and the Journal of Historical Sociology in 2007.

Another article, entitled "Our Diligent Watchers and Informers: Denunciation, False Accusation, and the Limits of Authority in Early Modern Ulm," is included in Mary Lindemann, ed., Ways of Knowing: Ten Interdisciplinary Essays (Boston, 2004).

A book chapter, “Magistrates, Beggars, and Laborers: Migration and Regulation in Sixteenth-Century Ulm,” is forthcoming in Bert De Munck and Ann Winter, eds., Regulating Migration in Early Modern Cities (Basingstoke: Ashgate Press, in press, forthcoming 2011).