Professor Nicholas Terpstra
Nicholas Terpstra is Professor of History. He was Chair of the Department of History (2013-18) and in 2019-20 is serving as Interim Chair of Italian Studies. His research lies at the intersection of politics, religion, gender, and charity, with a focus on issues dealing with poverty, institutional structures of charity, and urban space and the senses in Renaissance Italy. This work now also involves digital mapping of renaissance cities to gain a better sense of where and how people lived. More recently he has been working on inter-communal relations between different religious groups in the period, and on this theme has published Religious Refugees in the Early Modern World: An Alternative History of the Reformation (2015) and Global Reformations: Transforming Early Modern Religions, Societies, and Cultures (2019).
Professor Terpstra earned an HBA and MA from McMaster University and a PhD from the University of Toronto.