Professor Kirsten Macfarlane


I gained my BA, MSt and DPhil at the University of Oxford, Lincoln College, before taking up a Title A Research Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge University in October 2017. In 2019 I returned to Oxford, where I am currently Associate Professor of Early Modern Christianities and Tutorial Fellow at Keble College. I have also held Visiting Fellowships at the Houghton Library, Harvard; the Massachusetts Historical Society; the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies; and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Research Area: 

History of Christianity 

Research Interests:

Religious, cultural and intellectual history of Western Europe (particularly England and Amsterdam) and North America from the Reformation to the early eighteenth century; especially the history of biblical scholarship, translation, and exegesis; Jewish-Christian relations, including the history of Hebrew scholarship in the Christian world; confessional identity and theological controversy; the relationship between ‘elite’ (neo-Latin) and ‘popular’ (vernacular) forms of religion and piety in the early modern period.

Research Centres & Projects: 

Centre for Intellectual History (Profile here:

Centre for Early Modern Studies (Profile here:


I am a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Lias, a peer-reviewed journal published by Peeters that provides a platform for the study, edition, and translation of primary texts relating to the intellectual and cultural history of early modern Europe, in any source language.



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