Michelle D. Brock Associate Professor of History

Michelle D. Brock

Newcomb 316
Website - Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D.  The University of Texas at Austin, 2012    
M.A.   The University of Texas at Austin, 2008
B.A.    The University of Kansas, 2006


Religious beliefs and identities in early modern Scotland, demonology and witchcraft


Histories of the supernatural (the devil, witches, and ghosts), British and Atlantic history, the Reformation, early modern Europe, history of poverty

Selected Publications


Plagues of the Heart: Piety, Crisis, and the Making of a Seventeenth-Century Scottish Community (manuscript in progress).

The Routledge History of the Devil in the Western Tradition, edited with Richard Raiswell and David R. Winter (Routledge, forthcoming 2023).

Knowing Demons, Knowing Spirits in the Early Modern Period, ca. 1400- 1750, edited with Richard Raiswell and David R. Winter (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018).

Satan and the Scots: The Devil in Post-Reformation Scotland, c.1560-1700 (Routledge, 2016).


Select Articles and Book Chapters

“Exhortations and Expectations: Preaching about the Ideal Minister in Post-Reformation Scotland,” in The Clergy in Early Modern Scotland, eds. Chris R. Langley, Catherine E. McMillan and Russell Newton (Boydell & Brewer, forthcoming, 2021).

“Keeping the Covenant in Cromwellian Scotland,” Scottish Historical Review, forthcoming October 2020.

“Fallen Spirits and Divine Grace: The Supernatural in Early Modern Scottish Sermons,” in The Supernatural in Early Modern Scotland, eds. Julian Goodare and Martha McGill (Manchester University Press, forthcoming December 2020).

“Plague, Covenants, and Confession: The Strange Case of Ayr, 1647-8,” Scottish Historical Review, 97:2 (2018): 2, 129-152.

“Internalizing the Demonic: Satan and the Self in Early Modern Scottish Piety,” The Journal of British Studies, 54:1 (2015): 23-43.


Digital Humanities Project

I am also the director, with Chris R. Langley, of Mapping the Scottish Reformation, a digital prosopography of the Scottish clergy between 1560 and 1689