Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

J. Patrick Hornbeck II

Chair and Associate Professor
Duane Library 154
(718) 817-3240


D.Phil. - Oxford University 

M.St. - Oxford University

B.A. - Georgetown University

Research Interests
Late medieval and early modern Christianity; the English and continental reformations of the sixteenth century; Lollardy/Wycliffism; heresy and orthodoxy; contemporary American Roman Catholicism; religious affiliation and disaffiliation

Hornbeck’s scholarly work focuses on the interplay between the shifting categories of “heresy” and “orthodoxy” in medieval and early modern Christianity; and on affiliation, identity, and on issues of marginalization in contemporary Roman Catholicism. His historical scholarship has focused on the “Lollard” or “Wycliffite” movement, which represented the most serious challenge to the authority of the church in late medieval England. In his first book, What Is a Lollard? (Oxford University Press, 2010), he argued that traditional historiography, which has viewed lollardy as an organized movement of opposition, neglects important variations among communities of local dissenters. Hornbeck’s long-standing interests in the categories of heresy and dissent recently led him to begin developing a new specialization in the area of marginalized practices and identities in contemporary American Roman Catholicism. In this area, he has received grants to study both the theological, psychological, and sociological processes through which Roman Catholics move from affiliation and engagement with the Catholic Church to disaffiliation and disengagement; and the legal, ethical, and theological dimensions of the relationship between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons and the American Catholic Church.

Hornbeck, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, received his D.Phil. in Theology/Ecclesiastical History from the University of Oxford in 2007; he also earned his master’s at Oxford, where he was Senior Scholar of Christ Church and a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar. Previously, he was valedictorian of Georgetown College, Georgetown University, graduating with degrees in theology and medieval studies in 2003. He serves as chair of the Theology Department and as co-director of Fordham College at Rose Hill’s Matteo Ricci Seminar, in which he works with students who are interested in applying for nationally and internationally prestigious scholarships and fellowships.

Current scholarly projects include an extensive, interview-based study of deconversion in contemporary American Roman Catholicism (with Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education colleague Tom Beaudoin); an online effort to digitize and make publicly available the writings of John Wyclif; and articles on aspects of medieval, early modern, and contemporary religion.

What Is a Lollard? Dissent and Belief in Late Medieval England (Oxford University Press, 2010)
Wycliffite Controversies, ed., with Mishtooni Bose (Medieval Church Studies, Brepols, 2011)

Wycliffite Spirituality, ed. and trans., with Stephen E. Lahey and Fiona Somerset (Classics of Western Spirituality Series, Paulist Press, 2013)

FALL 2014

THEO 3360-R02: Reformation Texts

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