Center for the Study of Religious Violence Staff

Sean Farrell, co-director

Sean Farrell’s research has focused on the links between violence and the formation of communal identities in modern Ulster.  Sean’s first book, Rituals and Riots: Sectarian Violence and Political Culture in Ulster, 1784-1886, examined the relationships between Catholic/Protestant rioting and the emergence of a divided political culture in the north of Ireland. In recent years Sean has co-edited two volumes of essays on aspects of the modern Irish experience (with Danine Farquharson and Michael de Nie) and is currently writing a series of articles on evangelical Protestantism and popular politics in early Victorian Belfast.  This summer Sean will be starting serious work on my next major project, a study of the nineteenth-century Irish and Irish-Australian intellectual and politician Charles Gavan Duffy.  Sean is currently President of the American Conference for Irish Studies.

Brian Sandberg, co-director

Brian Sandberg is an Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University who is interested in the intersections of religion, violence, and political culture during the European Wars of Religion. His monograph entitled, Warrior Pursuits: Noble Culture and Civil Conflict in Early Modern France (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), examines provincial nobles’ orchestration of civil violence in southern France in the early seventeenth century.  He teaches a range of courses on The European Wars of Religion, The Mediterranean World, The Renaissance, Early Modern France, Early Modern Globalization, and War in Film. Sandberg completed his doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001, and previously held teaching positions at Simpson College and Millikin University.  He has served as a Solmsen Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Medici Archive Project, and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute.  Sandberg has published a number of articles and essays on religious violence, gender relations, and noble culture in early modern France. He is currently revising a book manuscript on Heroic Souls: French Nobles and Religious Violence after the Edict of Nantes and researching a book project on A Virile Courage: Gender and Violence in the French Wars of Religion, 1562-1629.

Affiliated Faculty

Sean Farrell, Associate Professor of History

Brian Sandberg, Associate Professor of History

Affiliated Graduate Students

Greg Bereiter, ABD

David Downs, ABD

Bob Fulton, ABD


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