Professor of History
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11-12 and 2:30-3:30 or by appointment
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
Teaching and Research Interest
Early Modern Europe
Having received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jeffrey R. Watt joined the University of Mississippi faculty in 1988. Now holding the rank of Professor of History, he teaches lecture courses on the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the age of Absolutism and Enlightenment and has taught seminars on women and the family in medieval and early modern Europe, historiography of European history to 1815, early modern social history, and witchcraft. He is the author of The Scourge of Demons: Possession, Lust, and Witchcraft in a Seventeenth-Century Italian Convent (University of Rochester Press, 2009), Choosing Death: Suicide and Calvinism in Early Modern Geneva (Truman State University Press, 2001), The Making of Modern Marriage: Matrimonial Control and the Rise of Sentiment in Neuchâtel, 1550-1800 (Cornell University Press, 1992), and articles in journals such as the Archive for Reformation History, Church History, the Journal of Early Modern History, the Journal of Social History, the Journal of Family History, and the Sixteenth Century Journal. He is also the editor of From Sin to Insanity: Suicide in Early Modern Europe (Cornell University Press, 2004) and The Long Reformation (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) and the co-editor (with Isabella M. Watt) of the Registres du Consistoire de Genève au temps de Calvin, vols. 6-8 (Droz, 2012-14). Watt served as Vice President (2009) and President (2010) of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, a scholarly organization with approximately 1,500 members.