Brad S. Gregory
Professor of History and Dorothy G. Griffin Collegiate Chair
Regarded as the brightest and most promising Reformation-era scholar of his generation, Brad Gregory’s first book, Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe, won six book awards. In 2005, he was the inaugural recipient of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, given by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. He has recently published a major work that rethinks the long-term, complex influence of the Reformation era on the making and continuing influence on the modern Western world, entitled The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society (Belknap Press, 2012). It has been named the inaugural winner of the Aldersgate Prize for Christian Scholarship, given by Indiana Wesleyan University.
But it is not his scholarship alone that defines him. Gregory, a practicing Catholic, left a tenured position at Stanford to teach at Notre Dame. An engaged and engaging teacher, Gregory believes that he and, more broadly, the University have a role to play in encouraging young Catholics to pursue academic careers, a vocation in which this demographic is vastly under-represented.
Gregory was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows from 1994 to 1996. In addition to a doctorate in history from Princeton, he holds two degrees in philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. In 2013, he was appointed director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study.
Dorothy Griffin, a 1934 alumna of the State University of New York-Albany, established this professorship, in addition to supporting the arts, the libraries, and scholarships at Notre Dame. A distinguished businesswoman, she served as president of her family’s company, Varflex Corporation, for 33 years.