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Jonathan Woods

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Advisor: Christopher Maginn

Dissertation Title: Rebellion and Reformation in Scotland: the Emergence of the Lords of the Congregation, 1542-1560.


  • MA, History, Fordham University, 2012
  • BA, History, University of Dallas, 2007

Research Interests:
My general research interests are in the formation of national identity in early modern Britain and Ireland, especially in Scotland. I am also interested in the social history of warfare and religion during the Renaissance and Reformation. In writing my dissertation I have become more attentive to social structures and political initiatives that cross national boundaries. In the future I plan to look more closely at the role of women in networks of lordship in early modern Britain and Ireland and at the history of Scottish expatriates in France during the late Italian Wars. 

Awards and Fellowships:

  • GSAS Summer Fellowship, 2013
  • Jesuit Pedagogy Fellowship, 2013
  • McCloskey Summer Fellowship, 2012
  • Teaching Fellowship, 2011-13
  • Loomie Prize Nominee, 2009


  • Forthcoming: “Mary Tudor and the Strong Hand of the Scots in Ulster: Marian Policy in Ulster and Anglo-Scottish Diplomacy, 1553-1558.” In Queenship: Colonization, Trade and Piracy in Early Modern Europe. Edited by Estelle Paranque and Nate Probasco. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • Under Review: “The Dynamics of Manrent in Argyll and Breadalbane, 1512-1560.” In Scotia: the Interdisciplinary Journal of Scottish Studies.
  • A semi-diplomatic transcription of selections from the Miscellany of Henry Oxinden at the Folger Shakespeare Library, co-editor. ‘Miscellany of Henry Oxinden, ca. 1642-1670 V.b.110’, Folgerpedia Article, Folger Shakespeare Library.
  • Review of Calvinism: A History by D.G. Hart. Fare Forward. February, 2015.
  • Review of A King Translated: The Writings of King James VI & I and Their Interpretation in the Low Countries, 1593-1603 by Astrid Stilma, The Sixteenth-Century Journal. XLV: 1. Spring, 2014.
  • Review of The Making of the Irish Protestant Ascendancy: the Life of William Conolly, 1662-1729 by Patrick Walsh, The Sixteenth-Century Journal. XLIV: 4. Winter, 2013.

Conference Presentations:

  • "The Strong Hand of the Scots in Ulster." AHA Annual Meeting, January 2016.
  • "Remembering the Reformation: Faith and Anxiety in the Will and Memoir of William Douglas of Lochleven." Sixteenth-Century Society Conference, October 2015.
  • "For the keeping of ‘Gud Rewll’: The Kers of Ferniehirst and the Administration of Royal Justice in the Scottish Borders." NECBS, October 2015.
  • "Douglas of Lochleven’s book and the transition from research to writing." Fordham HGSA Research Seminar, October 2014.
  • "Violence and non-combatants on the Scottish Borders." Fordham GSAS Inequalities Conference, May 2014.
  • "Crusade, Calvinism, and the Scottish Nation Re-Imagined." Mid-Atlantic Reformation and Renaissance Society, February 2014
  • "Rogue nobles and frustrated regents in sixteenth-century Scotland, 1546-1560." Sixteenth-Century Society Conference, October 2013.
  • "War and reform in the Scottish Kingdom: the acculturation of Calvinism, 1555-1560." University of Reading Early Modern Conference, June, 2013.
  • "‘Gates of Power’: Exile and Anxiety Among the Irish of Southern England, 1715-1760." American Conference for Irish Studies, April, 2013.
  • "Calvinism and the Feud in the Letters of the Lords of the Congregation." MACBS, New York, March, 2013
  • "‘Lawtchfull, Honest and Godlie’: the Reformation and noble identity in sixteenth-century Scotland." Sixteenth-Century Society Conference, October, 2012
  • "Who are the deserving poor?" Commentator, Fordham HGSA Cities in History Conference, September, 2011

Courses Taught:

  • Modern Europe, Fordham University, HIST 1000
  • Early Modern Europe, Fordham University, HIST 1075
  • Medieval Europe, Fordham University, HIST 1300
  • The Tudors, Fordham University, HIST 3412
  • English Composition II/Rhetoric, Fordham University, ENGL 1102