Michelle D. Brock Associate Professor of History

Michelle D. Brock

Newcomb 219
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


Early Modern British History

Histories of the Supernatural (the devil, witches, and ghosts)

The Reformation

Early Modern Europe

History of Poverty

Selected Publications


Plagues of the Heart: Piety, Crisis, and Community in Seventeenth-Century Scotland (Manchester University Press, forthcoming)

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, 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, 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 co-director of Mapping the Scottish Reformation, a digital database and mapping tool to explore the careers of the Scottish clergy between 1560 and 1689.