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Head, Randolph C
Professor of History
Randy Head's path to Riverside includes a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and an A.B. in anthropology from Harvard, and also six years of professional theater experience as a technician and manager. He has published extensively on religion, language and politics in early modern Switzerland, and is currently conducting research for a comparative study of archives and their inventories in Europe from 1450 to 1750. Professor Head's teaching interests include the history of republics in Europe, the history of persecution and toleration in the West since the year 1000, and early modern world history.
2007-08 Fellow, American Philosophical Society
early modern Europe with special attention to the history of archives and the history of Switzerland, and the early modern world.
His first book on Early Modern Democracy in the Grisons (Cambridge University Press, 1995), investigates political ideas among Alpine peasants during the sixteenth century. More recently, he has edited a collection of essays, Orthodoxies and Heterdoxies in Early Modern German Culture (Brill, 2007) and published a biography of Georg Jenatsch, an early seventeenth-century pastor, soldier, and murderer who was assassinated in 1639 by someone dressed as a bear (University of Rochester Press, 2008). He has published articles on William Tell, on religious coexistence and on language use in early modern Switzerland, and on the Inquisition and the Jews in early modern Venice.