Merry Wiesner-Hanks

  • Distinguished Professor Emerita, History


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Courses Taught

  • Hist 131 - World History to 1500
  • Hist 241 - European Women’s History, 1300-1750
  • Hist 600 - Renaissance and Reformation; Gender and Colonialism
  • Hist 716 - Professional and Pedagogical Issues in History

Research Interests

My research, writing, and teaching have been closely related. I began my career as a historian of early modern Europe, with a research focus on women’s work in Germany. When I moved to UWM, my teaching responsibilities came to include the history of Christianity, and my research interests also increasingly focused on religion, especially issues of gender and the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. At the same time, I began to write and publish various types of source books designed for use in the classroom and to teach courses in world history. This took me into geographic areas and time periods far away from early modern Europe, and my research expanded as well, becoming global as well as European. Since 2000, I have worn these two hats, one as a historian of early modern Europe and the other as a world/global historian, with a primary focus on women, gender, and sexuality within these.

Professional Service

Senior Editor, Sixteenth Century Journal Editor, Journal of Global History National Advisory Board, Society for History Education World History Association Book Prize Committee

Selected Publications

Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E.“Comparisons and Consequences in Global Perspective” Oxford Handbook of the Protestant ReformationsEd. Rublack, Ulinka. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (2017): 747-764.
Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E.A Concise History of the WorldCambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2015.
. A History of World Societies10th ed.. Ed. McKay, John P., Buckley Ebrey, Patricia , Beck, Roger B., Hara Crowston, Clare , Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E., and Davila, Jerry. Bedford/St. Martins. 2015.
. Cambridge World History7 volumes in 9 books. Ed. Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2015.
. Mapping Gendered Routes and Spaces in the Early Modern WorldEd. Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E.Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 2015.
Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E., Evans, Andrew D., Wheeler, William B., and Ruff, Julius R.Discovering the Western Past: A Look at the Evidence7th ed.. Boston: Cengage. 2014.
Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E.Early Modern Europe, 1450-17892nd ed.. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2013.
. Debt: Ethics, the Environment, and the EconomyEd. Paik, Peter Y., and Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E.Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. 2013.
Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E.Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World: Regulating Desire, Reforming Practice2nd ed.. Routledge and Kegan Paul. 2010.
Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E.Gender in History: Global Perspectives2nd ed.. London : Wiley-Blackwell. 2010.
Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E.The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and their WorldsNew Haven, CT: Yale University Press. 2009.
Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E.Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe3rd ed.. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2008.