Professor Susan Hardman Moore (MA MAR PhD FRHistS)

Emeritus Professor of Early Modern Religion and Vice Principal of New College


My academic background is in theology and history. I work on the boundary between these disciplines, exploring how particular circumstances shaped ideas and actions.

Over my career at the University of Durham, King’s College London and the University of Edinburgh, a major part of my time has been devoted to research supervision. A list of research students and their topics can be found via the link to my CV below.  I welcome enquiries about postgraduate research in early modern religion - particularly in Puritan and Reformation studies - and about the School of Divinity’s taught Masters programme ‘Theology in History’.

For many years I was a lay preacher in the Methodist Church.  Recently, I have been ordained in the Church of Scotland.

Undergraduate teaching

Calvin in Context

Reformation: Religion in Europe, 1500-1600

Church, Sacraments and Ministry (with Professor David Fergusson)

Postgraduate teaching

Calvinist Theology and Piety in Britain and America, c.1590-1660

Creeds, Councils and Controversies: Patristic and Medieval (with Dr Sara Parvis)

Creeds, Councils and Controversies: Reformation and Modern (with Professor Stewart Brown, Professor David Fergusson, Dr Mark Harris, Dr Michael Purcell)

Approaches to Research (MSc/MTh Theology in History component)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

Early modern religion - in particular, Puritanism in England and New England, and Reformed theology and spirituality in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


You can see more of Prof Harman Moore's research on her Edinburgh Research Explorer profile.



Current research interests

At present I am researching a book, Reforming the World, about the cultural history of early modern Calvinism. The book will look at the changes in worldview that came with Reformed Christianity; at cultural shifts driven - consciously or unconsciously - by Reformed theology and spirituality. It builds on my earlier thematic articles: ‘From Time to Eternity’; ‘Calvinism and the Arts’; ‘For the Mind’s Eye Only’; ‘Sexing the Soul’; ‘Sarah Wight as Child Prophet’; ‘Sacrifice in Puritan Typology’.

Project activity

You can see more of Prof Harman Moore's publications and research information on her Edinburgh Research Explorer profile.

View all 8 publications on Research Explorer