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Jotham Parsons

Jotham Parsons

Associate Professor and Director, Undergraduate Studies
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 604B
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

After earning my Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in 1997, I taught at the University of Delaware and at Roosevelt University in Chicago before coming to Duquesne in 2003.


My teaching and research cover a broad area in the history of medieval and early modern Western Europe. My more specialized work centers on French political, religious, and cultural life in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. I have a particular interest in the history of political economy and political theology, and in the history of literature.


My current research focuses on the history of political economy and social thought in seventeenth-century Europe. I am working on the development of such thought in the court of King Henri IV of France, and in Catholic pious literature of the reign of Louis XIV.


HIST 171C: History of Christianity (Learning Community)
HIST 213: Western Civilization I
HIST 309: The Scientific Revolution
HIST 311W: Writing History
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 State. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2014.

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

"Vocation in Seventeenth-Century France: The Catholic Ethic and the Spirit of Étatisme." French History 28 (2014): 322-42.

"Papauté, histoire, et mémoire gallicane au XVIe siècle." 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.


Honors / Awards

N.E.H. Summer Institute, "The Study of Religion," Charlottesville, VA

Folger Library Faculty Seminar, "Connections, Trust, and Causation in Economic History"

N.E.H. Summer Seminar, Paris, France

William Koren, Jr. Prize, Society for French Historical Studies

Grants / Contracts

Faculty Development Fund, Duquesne University

Presidential Scholarship Award, Duquesne University

Fr. Richard Paluse Mission-related Research Award, Duquesne University

Gustave Gimon Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Stanford University Libraries

N.E.H. Summer Stipend

Bourse Chateaubriand, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France