Faculty Member Publishes First Book

History professor Greg Dodds writes on Erasmus

By: Becky St. Clair

Dodds with his daughter, Nell, in Oxford, England, where he conducted major portions of his research.

Greg Dodds, associate professor of history at WWU, recently published the book, “Exploiting Erasmus: The Erasmian Legacy and Religious Change in Early Modern England.”  The project started as Dodds’ doctoral dissertation.  

After he obtained his doctorate degree in 2004, Dodds eliminated part of the dissertation, rewrote three chapters, and added four new ones.  After putting in four years of research in California and Oxford and London, England, attending several specialized conferences, and authoring two journal articles, Dodds finally has the finished product in his hands.  The book is currently available to pre-order on Amazon.com.  

“I became interested in this particular topic somewhat by accident,” admits Dodds.  “It’s a combination of two of my great historical interests: Erasmus and English history.”

When he was given the opportunity to examine Erasmus’ influence in England as his doctoral thesis, Dodds snatched it up, and so was born the beginnings of his first book.

“Writing and completing this book has been very challenging,” says Dodds.  “It has improved my thinking, writing, and teaching, and I can’t wait to get started on the next one.”

Acclaim for Dodds' book:

“Exploiting Erasmus is a subtle, profound, and wide-ranging study that effectively puts Erasmus back into the Long Reformation while remaining at the cutting edge of modern scholarship.  Gregory D. Dodds writes with authority, presenting a competent and confident account of historical developments across a very long period and carefully elucidating the complexities of the Reformation.  The perspective offered in this book enriches and enlarges our understanding of early modern religious change.”

-Jonathan Woolfson, Director, Lorenzo de’Medici School, Florence, Italy

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