James Hastings Nichols Professor of Reformation History
Department of History
005 Tennent Hall
Phone: 609.497.3664
Fax: 609.497.7829
Email: [email protected]


Kenneth G. Appold is the James Hastings Nichols Professor of Reformation History at Princeton Theological Seminary. Appold earned his B.A., M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University, and his Dr.theol.habil. from the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. Prior to coming to Princeton, he served as a research professor at the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, and taught church history at the Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. His areas of interest include the history and legacy of the Reformation, the global history of Christianization, and the history of Christian ecumenism. He teaches courses on the Reformation in Europe, with particular focus on early Lutheranism, the Radical Reformation and the Catholic Reformation, the history of church-state relations, and the history of Christianization in the New World and East Asia. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Appold has served as cochair of the Lutheran-Pentecostal International Study Group and is a member of the Lutheran World Federation’s ecumenical dialogues with the Anglican Communion and with the Orthodox churches. His current research focuses on Christian models of society and critiques of capitalism during the late-medieval and early-modern eras.

Major Publications

The Reformation: A Brief History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
Orthodoxie als Konsensbildung. Das theologische Disputationswesen an der Universitat Wittenberg zwischen 1570 und 1710  Beitrage zur historischen Theologie, vol. 127. J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck, 2004)
Abraham Calov’s Doctrine of Vocatio in Its Systematic Context Beitrage zur historischen Theologie, vol. 103. J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck, 1998)