Kirk Essary

Kirk Essary


  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Kirk Essary is Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern History at UWA. He teaches in both the History and Classics departments. He holds a PhD in Religion (Florida State University, 2014), an MA in Religions of Western Antiquity (Florida State, 2010), an MA in Classics (Texas Tech University, 2008), and a BA in Philosophy (Oklahoma State University, 2006). From 2015 to 2018 he was a postdoctoral research fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. His research focuses on religious and intellectual history in late medieval and early modern Europe, with a special interest in Christian humanism, reception history (of classical and biblical texts), the Protestant Reformation, and the history of emotions. He has published extensively on the works of Dutch humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam and Protestant Reformer John Calvin.

Roles and responsibilities

Senior Lecturer, History and Classics

Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

Previous positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (2015-2018)


Renaissance and Reformation
Early Modern Intellectual History
History of European Religions
History of Emotions
Christian Humanism
Erasmus of Rotterdam
John Calvin


French (reading)
Spanish (reading)

Research expertise keywords

  • History of Christianity
  • Sixteenth-century Christianity
  • History of Christian thought
  • John Calvin
  • Erasmus of Rotterdam
  • Renaissance and reformation
  • History of emotions
  • Religious epistemology
  • Early modern European history
  • Religion
  • Classical tradition
  • Religion and literature


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