Dr Zachary Purvis (BS MA DPhil FRHistS)

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow


Zachary Purvis is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. He earned his DPhil from Oxford in 2014.

He is the author of the new book: Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016)

  • Awarded the inaugural Best First Book Prize by the Ecclesiastical History Society in 2017



Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • AAR Schleiermacher Unit Steering Committee
  • AAR Nineteenth Century Theology Unit Steering Committee

Research summary

  • Nineteenth-Century German Theology
  • Modern Theology and Ethics
  • Modern Intellectual and Religious Culture
  • History of Christianity
  • Reformation and Post-Reformation Studies
  • Theology in its Institutions; Higher Education
  • Theology and the Sociology of Knowledge
  • Religion and Modernity
  • Transatlantic History

Current research interests

- Reception of the Reformation in Modern Europe; - Theology and University in Nineteenth-Century Germany; - Transatlantic Religion: European and American Dialogues; - Leverhulme Trust Project: 'The Reinvention of the Reformation for the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and the Production of Knowledge'