Maximilian Miguel Scholz

Assistant Professor

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Bellamy 449

Maximilian Scholz is a historian of religion who specializes on the Reformation. His current book manuscript, titled “Refugees and the Recasting of the Reformation: Frankfurt am Main, 1554-1618” explores the fate and impact of Reformation refugees by looking at one center of refugee life, the German city of Frankfurt am Main. Dr. Scholz contends that refugees determined the nature of the religious changes taking place in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. He also believes that Europe’s early modern refugee crisis can (and should) inform current debates about displacement and accommodation. You can read Dr. Scholz's 2018 editorial on the history of refugees in Germany, which appeared in FOCUS Magazine, by following this link. His work appears in the Sixteenth Century Journal and the Journal of Urban History.


Dr. Scholz received his B.A., M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University. He won a Fulbright Grant for his research in Germany and held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, where he maintains a research affiliation.


Dr. Scholz regularly teaches WOH1023 “The Modern World to 1815” and EUH4144 “Reformation.”


Peer-Reviewed Articles:

“Religious Refugees and the Search for Public Worship in Frankfurt am Main, 1554-1608.” Sixteenth Century Journal 50:3 (Forthcoming, Fall 2019).

“Over Our Dead Bodies: The Fight Over Cemetery Construction in Nineteenth-Century London.” Journal of Urban History 43:3 (May 2017): 445-457.

Book Reviews:

Review of Cultures of Communication: Theologies of Media in Early Modern Europe and Beyond, ed. by Helmut Puff, Ulrike Strasse, and Christopher Wild (University of Toronto Press) in German Studies Review 42:1 (Feb 2019), 141-143.

Review of Responses to Religious Division, c. 1580-1620: Public and Private, Divine and Temporal by Natasha Constantinidou (Brill) in Sixteenth Century Journal 49:3 (Fall 2018).

Review of Between Opposition and Collaboration: Nobles, Bishops, and the German Reformation in the Prince-Bishopric of Bamberg, 1555-1619 by Richard J. Ninness (Brill) in Sixteenth Century Journal 43:4 (Winter 2012), 1160-1161.