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Jotham Parsons, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 605
Phone: 412.396.6476


Ph.D., History, The Johns Hopkins University, 1997
M.A., History, The Johns Hopkins University, 1993
A.B., History, Harvard College, 1990

Specializing in the history of early modern France, Dr. Parsons joined the Department in 2003.  He has taught at the University of Delaware and Roosevelt University.


HIST 171C: History of Christianity (Learning Community)
HIST 213: Western Civilization I
HIST 311W: Writing History
HIST 335: Crime and Criminality: Early Modern Europe
HIST 336: Catholic Church to 1800
HIST 342: War in the Pre-Modern Era
HIST 401W/501: Medieval Europe
HIST 413W/513: Renaissance Europe: Courts and Nobles
HIST 511: Early Modern Europe


Making Money in Sixteenth-Century France: Currency, Culture, and the Modern State. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, forthcoming.

The Church in the Republic: Gallicanism and Political Ideology in Renaissance France. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2005.


-Papaut-, histoire, et m-moire gallicane au XVIe si-cle.' Revue de l'Histoire des Religions 29 (2009): 315-28.

-Money and Merit in French Renaissance Comedy.' Renaissance Quarterly 60 (2007): 852-82.

-Assemblies of the French Clergy from Philip the Fair to Louis XIII.' Parliaments, Estates and Representation 23 (2003): 1-16.

-Governing Sixteenth-Century France: The Monetary Reforms of 1577.' French Historical Studies 26 (2003): 1-30.

-The Roman Censors in the Renaissance Political Imagination.' History of Political Thought 22 (2001): 565-86.

-Money and Sovereignty in Early Modern France.' Journal of the History of Ideas 62 (2001): 59-79.

-The Political Vision of Antoine Loisel.' The Sixteenth Century Journal 27 (1996): 453-76.

Other Publications

-Etat Pr'sent: Socio-economic Approaches to French Literature, c. 1540-1630.' French Studies 65 (2011): 74-81.

-Wealth, Poverty, and Vocation in the Life and Times of Claude-Fran-ois Poullart des Places.' Spiritan Horizons 4 (2009) 35-50.

-Defining the History of Ideas.' Journal of the History of Ideas 68 (2007): 683-99.

-Gallicanism.' In Paul Grendel, ed., The Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999. 3: 9-12.