Jason Coy

Professor, Chair

Address: Maybank Hall, Room 203
Office Hours: Virtual. Email to set up appointment.
Phone: 843.953.8273
E-mail: coyj@cofc.edu


Jason Coy earned his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. His research interests include the history of early modern Europe, Reformation-era Germany, and the European Witch-Hunts. He is the author of Strangers and Misfits: Banishment, Social Control, and Authority in Early Modern Germany (Brill, 2008) and The Devil's Art: Divination and Discipline in Early Modern Germany (University of Virginia, 2020). He has also started preliminary research on a project that will focus on the legacy of the early modern witch-hunts in the modern world. Focusing on the period after 1950, it examines the public memorialization and legal rehabilitation of victims of the witch-hunts, the emergence of Wicca and neopaganism, and the portrayal of the witch-hunts in contemporary popular culture, mass media, and social media.


Education

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

1995 - M.A., The Ohio State University

1993 - B.A., The Ohio State University


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 241: Tudor-Stuart Britain

HIST 241: Witchcraft in the Modern World

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).

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

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).


Publications

Coy’s most recent publication is The Devil's Art: Divination and Discipline in Early Modern Germany (University of Virginia Press, 2020).

He is also 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 has also co-authored several edited volumes, including The Holy Roman Empire, Reconsidered (Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association, Berghahn Press, 2010), Kinship, Community, and Self: Essays in Honor of David Warren Sabean (Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association, Berghahn Press, 2015), and Migrations in the German Lands, 1500-2000 (Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association, Berghahn Press, 2016).