Dr. Eric W. Nelson
Dr. Eric Nelson is professor of history and director of graduate studies in the history department. His areas of expertise are in early modern French and world history.
Nelson's recent book publications include Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources (3rd edition) and The Legacy of Iconoclasm: Religious War and the Relic Landscape of Tours, Blois and Vendôme 1550-1750.
- Ph.D. in History, 1999, University of Oxford
- B.A. in Early Modern European Studies, 1992, George Washington University
- HST 103: World History to 1600
- HST 351: Europe from the Paleolithic to 1650
- HST 549/649: The Reformation
- HST 740: Explaining European Witch Hunts
- HST 790: Readings in World History
Research and professional interests
Dr. Eric Nelson’s research interests have evolved since graduate school. His first monograph, The Jesuits and the Monarchy: Catholic Reform and Political Authority in France came out of his dissertation research and he continues to research and publish on the Jesuit Order. But one important theme from his first book—the problem of peacemaking after violent sectarian conflict—has become a separate focus of research, one that has led him to engage with the literature surrounding memory and space. He has published several articles on this topic and a monograph The Legacy of Iconoclasm: Religious War and the Relic Landscape of Tours, Blois and Vendôme, 1550-1750.
He is also active in the field of world history. He has co-authored a world history textbook Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources and has co-edited and contributed to a volume of essays titled Layered Landscapes: Early Modern Religious Space across Faith and Cultures. Going forward, he sees his interests in the Jesuits, religious peacemaking and global history converging in a study of sectarian violence and peacemaking in a global context.
- Layered Landscapes: Early-Modern Religious Space Across Faiths and Cultures. eds. E. Nelson and J. Wright (New York and London: Routledge, 2017).
- Ways of the World: A Brief Global History with Sources (Boston: Bedford St. Martins, 2016)
- After the League: Politics and Religion in Early Bourbon France, eds E. Nelson and A. Forrestal (Basingstoke: Palgrave Academic Press, 2009)
- The Jesuits and the Monarchy: Catholic Reform and Political Authority in France (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005)
- Justice and Violence: Political Violence, Pacifism and Cultural Transformation, eds E. Nelson, T. Lansford and A. Eickelman. Aldershot UK, Ashgate Academic Publishing, 2005.
Awards and honors
- Master Online Course Recognition Award, Missouri State University, 2016
- Nancy Lyman Roelker Prize for Best Article in French History for "Remembering the Martyrdom of Saint Francis of Paola: History, Memory and Minim Identity in Seventeenth-Century France." in History and Memory, 2015.
- STARS Successability Award, 2015
- Top 23 Arts and Humanities Professors in Missouri, Online Schools Missouri, 2013
- CASE/Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Missouri Professor of the Year, 2012
- Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Missouri, 2011
- Foundation Award for Teaching, Missouri State University, 2011
- Master Online Course Recognition Award, Missouri State University, 2011