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About Michael Wilson Bruening

Dr. Michael Bruening is a historian of medieval and early modern Europe who specializes in the Reformation.  He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Virginia, and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, in the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies.  His first book, Calvinism's First Battleground, explores the origins of Calvinism in early modern Switzerland through the religious and political struggles between Catholics and Protestants in the region, as well as within Protestantism itself.  In 2012, he published Epistolae Petri Vireti, a critical edition of the unedited correspondence of the Calvinist reformer Pierre Viret. He most recently published A Reformation Sourcebook: Documents from an Age of Debate, a reader for courses on the Reformation.

At Missouri S&T, Dr. Bruening teaches early Western Civilization, as well as upper-level courses on pre-modern European history, from ancient Rome through the Reformation. He also teaches the history of Christianity and Islam. Before coming to Missouri S&T in 2007, Dr. Bruening taught at Concordia University, Irvine.

Dr. Bruening was named interim chair of the department of History and Political Science in 2019.

Positions

August 2019 - Present Interim Department Chair, Missouri University of Science and Technology History and Political Science
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2012 - Present Associate Professor of History, Missouri University of Science and Technology History and Political Science
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2012 - 2013 Interim Department Chair, Missouri University of Science and Technology History and Political Science
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2007 - 2012 Assistant Professor of History, Missouri University of Science and Technology History and Political Science
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2002 - 2007 Assistant Professor of History, Concordia University - Irvine
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Honors and Awards

  • S&T Outstanding Teaching Award (2019)
  • Missouri S&T Faculty Excellence Award (2013)
  • Missouri S&T Faculty Teaching Awards (2012, 2015)
  • Missouri S&T Outstanding Teaching Awards (2011, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Class of 1942 Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award for First-year Teacher (2008)

Courses

  • Early Western Civilization
  • Ancient Rome
  • Medieval History II
  • Renaissance Thought
  • The Reformation
  • Tudor and Stuart England
  • Christianity and Islam
  • History of Christianity
  • Medieval and Renaissance England (study abroad course)

Education

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2002 Ph.D. in History, University of Arizona
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1994 M.A. in History, University of Virginia
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1992 B.A. in Religious Studies, University of Virginia
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Contact Information

123 Humanities-Social Sciences
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla, MO 65409-1260

(573) 341-4802

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