[University of Mississippi] [Department of History] [Jeffrey Watt] [hswatt@olemiss.edu]

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Watt
Professor of History



The Making of Modern Marriage: Matrimonial Control and the Rise of Sentiment in Neuchâtel, 1550-1800. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1992.

Choosing Death: Suicide and Calvinism in Early Modern Geneva. Kirksville, Mo.: Truman State University Press, 2001.


The Scourge of Demons: Possession, Lust, and Witchcraft in a Seventeenth-Century Italian Convent. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2009.



From Sin to Insanity: Suicide in Early Modern Europe. Edited and with an introduction by Jeffrey R. Watt. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2004.

The Long Reformation. Edited and with an Introduction by Jeffrey R. Watt. Problems in European Civilization Series. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin (2006).


Registres du Consistoire de Genève au temps de Calvin, 1551 (Volume 6).  Edited by Isabella M. Watt and Jeffrey R. Watt.  With the collaboration of Thomas Lambert and M. Wallace McDonald. Under the supervision of Robert M. Kingdon. Geneva: Droz, (forthcoming in 2011).

Registres du Consistoire de Genève au temps de Calvin, 1542-1544 (Volume I). Edited by Thomas Lambert and Isabella Watt. With the collaboration of Jeffrey R. Watt. Under the supervision of Robert M. Kingdon. Geneva: Droz, 1996. English edition: Registers of the Consistory of Geneva in the Time of Calvin. Translated by M. Wallace McDonald. Grand Rapids, Mich. and Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2000.



"Marriage Contract Disputes in Early Modern Neuchâtel, 1547-1806." Journal of Social History 22 (1988): 129-147.

"The Reception of the Reformation in Valangin, Switzerland, 1547-1588." Sixteenth Century Journal 20 (1989): 89-104.

"Divorce in Early Modern Neuchâtel, 1547-1806." Journal of Family History 14 (1989): 137-155.

"Women and the Consistory in Calvin's Geneva." Sixteenth Century Journal 14 (1993): 431-441.

"The Control of Marriage in Reformed Switzerland, 1600-1800." In Later Calvinism: International Perspectives. Edited by W. Fred Graham, pp. 29-53. Kirksville, Mo.: Sixteenth Century Journal Publishers, 1994.

"The Marriage Laws Calvin Drafted for Geneva." In Calvinus Sacrae Scripturae Professor: Calvin as Confessor of Holy Scripture. Edited by W. H. Neuser, pp. 245-255. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdman's, 1994.

"The Family, Love, and Suicide in Early Modern Geneva." Journal of Family History 21 (1996): 63-86.

"Calvin on Suicide." Church History 66 (1997): 463-476.

"Reformed Piety and Suicide in Geneva, 1550-1800." In The Identity of Geneva: The Christian Commonwealth, 1564-1864. Edited by John B. Roney and Martin Klauber, 111-128. Westport, Conn. and London: Greenwood, 1998.

"Suicide in Reformation Geneva." Archive for Reformation History 89 (1998): 227-246.

“The Impact of the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation.” Chapter 6 in The History of the European Family.  Vol. 1:  Family Life in Early Modern Times, ed. Marzio Barbagli and David I. Kertzer, 123-152. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001. Translated as “L’impatto della Riforma e della Controriforma,” in Storia della famiglia in Europa, vol. 1: Cinquecento alla Rivoluzione francese, ed. Barbaglio and Kertzer, 176-217. Rome and Bari: Giuseppe Laterza & Figli, 2002.

“Calvinism, Childhood, and Education: The Evidence from the Genevan Consistory.” Sixteenth Century Journal 33, 2002: 439-456.

“Childhood and Youth in the Genevan Consistory Minutes.” Calvinus Praeceptor Ecclesiae: Proceedings of the International Congress on Calvin Research, ed. Herman Selderhuis, 41-62. Geneva: Droz, 2004.

“Introduction: Toward a History of Suicide in Early Modern Europe.” In From Sin to Insanity: Suicide in Early Modern Europe, ed. Jeffrey R. Watt, 1-8. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2004.

“Suicide, Gender, and Religion: The Case of Geneva.” Chapter 8 in From Sin to Insanity: Suicide in Early Modern Europe, ed. Jeffrey R. Watt, 138-157. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2004.

“The Demons of Carpi: Exorcism, Witchcraft, and the Inquisition in a Seventeenth-Century Convent.” Archive for Reformation History 98 (2007): 107-133.

(with Isabella M. Watt) “L’édition des recueils de délibérations: Les registres du Consistoire de Genève.” Bulletin de la Société du Protestantisme Français 153 (2007): 601-612.


“Love Magic and the Inquisition: A Case from Seventeenth-Century Italy.” Sixteenth Century Journal 41 (2010): 675-89.


Résistance et réconciliation : Le Consistoire de Genève et les laïcs dans les années 1550.” In Agir pour l’Eglise : Ministères et charges ecclésiastiques dans les églises réformées (XVIe-XIXe siècles), ed. Didier Poton. Rennes : Presses de l’Université de Rennes (forthcoming).


“Magic and the Consistory in Calvin’s Geneva.”In Mundane Magic and Banal Witches: Daily Life and the Supernatural in Early Modern Europe, ed. Kathryn A. Edwards. Houndmills and New York: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming).


“Settling Quarrels and Nurturing Repentance: The Consistory in Calvin’s Geneva.” In Revisiting Geneva: Robert Kingdon and the Coming of the French Wars of Religion, ed. Sara Barker and Andrew Pettegree. St. Andrews, Scotland: Centre for French History and Culture of the University of St Andrews, 2011 (forthcoming).


“Introduction: Genève et le Consistoire en 1551.” In Registres du Consistoire de Genève au temps de Calvin, 1551 (Volume 6).  Edited by Isabella M. Watt and Jeffrey R. Watt.   Geneva: Droz (forthcoming).



The Consistory in Calvin’s Geneva.

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Last updated: January 15, 2011

Jeffrey Watt: hswatt@olemiss.edu