Dr. Michael W. Bruening, Associate Professor

Dr. Michael Bruening is a historian of medieval and early modern Europe who specializes in the Reformation.  He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Virginia, and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, in the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies.  His first book, Calvinism's First Battleground, explores the origins of Calvinism in early modern Switzerland through the religious and political struggles between Catholics and Protestants in the region, as well as within Protestantism itself.  In 2012, he published Epistolae Petri Vireti, a critical edition of the unedited correspondence of the Calvinist reformer Pierre Viret. He most recently published A Reformation Sourcebook: Documents from an Age of Debate, a reader for courses on the Reformation.

At Missouri S&T, Dr. Bruening teaches early Western Civilization, as well as upper-level courses on pre-modern European history, from ancient Rome through the Reformation.  He also teaches the history of Christianity and Islam.  Before coming to Missouri S&T in 2007, Dr. Bruening taught at Concordia University, Irvine.


A Reformation Sourcebook: Documents from an Age of Debate (University of Toronto Press, 2017).

Epistolae Petri Vireti: The Previously Unpublished Letters and a Register of the Correspondence of Pierre Viret (Droz, 2012).

Calvinism's First Battleground: Conflict and Reform in the Pays de Vaud, 1528-1559 (Springer, 2005).

"Pierre Viret and Geneva," Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte 99 (2008): 175-97.   

"La nouvelle réformation de Lausanne: The Proposal by the Ministers of Lausanne on Ecclesiastical Discipline (June 1558)," Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance 68 (2006): 21-50.