Merry Wiesner-Hanks

Distinguished Professor Emerita
Women's & Gender Studies


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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.

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

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 Reformations. Ed. Rublack, Ulinka. Oxford University Press, (2017): 747-764.
Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E. A Concise History of the World. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
McKay, John P., Buckley Ebrey, Patricia, Beck, Roger B., Hara Crowston, Clare, Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E., and Davila, Jerry, eds. A History of World Societies. 10th ed. Bedford/St. Martins, 2015.
Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E., ed. Cambridge World History. 7 volumes in 9 books. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E., ed. Mapping Gendered Routes and Spaces in the Early Modern World. Ashgate, 2015.
Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E., Evans, Andrew D., Wheeler, William B., and Ruff, Julius R. Discovering the Western Past: A Look at the Evidence. 7th ed. Cengage, 2014.
Paik, Peter Y., and Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E., eds. Debt: Ethics, the Environment, and the Economy. Indiana University Press, 2013.
Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E. Early Modern Europe, 1450-1789. 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, 2013.