Assistant Professor
Department of History


Brief Biography

Professor Duker earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Notre Dame in 2016. Duker is an assistant professor of history. Duker is a cultural and intellectual historian of religious violence and confessional identity in late medieval and early modern Europe. His 2016 dissertation, “Providence Under Pressure: Israelite Identity and Religious War in Early Modern France, 1550-1575," examines the different ways in which French Huguenots and Catholics appropriated the identity of the ancient Israelites of the Hebrew Bible in the midst of the sieges (and other military engagements) of the French wars of religion. His first article, “The Protestant Israelites of Sancerre: Jean de Léry and the Confessional Demarcation of Cannibalism," appeared in the Journal of Early Modern History in 2014.

Duker's work, “The Hermeneutics of Emotional Restraint: Calvin’s Pastoral Theology of Imprecation in Comparative Context," was awarded the Carl S. Meyer Prize, the highest honor awarded by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) to an early career scholar for research presented at the SCSC, though not necessarily every year. Duker has received a number of large external research fellowships, including the Fulbright Fellowship, Bourse de la Confédération Suisse (Swiss Government Fellowship), and the Bourse Marandon. He also holds master's degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Arizona. He received his BA (magna cum laude) from the University of California, Berkeley.



“The Protestant Israelites of Sancerre: Jean de Léry and the Confessional Demarcation of Cannibalism,” Journal of Early Modern History 18, no. 3 (2014): 255-286.


  • Review of D.G. Hart, Calvinism: A History (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), English Historical Review 131, no. 550 (June 2016): 734-736.

  • Review of Jules Racine St-Jacques, L’honneur et la foi. Le droit de résistance chez les Réformés francais (1536-1581), Cahiers d’Humanisme et Renaissance 107 (Genève: Librarie Droz, 2012), Church History and Religious Culture 19, no. 1: 127-129.

  • Review of Amy Nelson Burnett, ed., John Calvin, Myth or Reality?: Images and Impact of Geneva’s Reformer (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2011), Sixteenth Century Journal 44:2 (Summer 2013): 498-500.

  • Review of Eric Nelson, The Hebrew Republic: Jewish Sources and the Transformation of European Political Thought (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010), Sixteenth Century Journal 43:1 (Spring 2012): 233-234.

  • Review of Herman J. Selderhuis, ed., Calvin – Saint or Sinner?, Spätmittelalter, Humanismus, Reformation 51 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010), Religious Studies Review 37:4 (2011): 292-293.

  • Review of G. Sujin Pak, The Judaizing Calvin: Sixteenth-Century Debates over the Messianic Psalms, Oxford Studies in Historical Theology (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), Symposia 3 (2011).

Larger External Research Grants and Fellowships

  • Fulbright Fellowship – Geneva, Switzerland, Institute for International Education, US State Department, 2012-2013.

  • Bourse Jeanne Marandon – Paris, France, la Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique – Paris, France, 2013-2014.

  • Harvey Fellowship, Mustard Seed Foundation, 2010-2013 ($46,000).

  • Bourse de la Confédération Suisse (Swiss Government Fellowship), 2012-2013.

  • Huguenot Research Scholarship, School for Advanced Studies, Institute for Historical Research, University of London, 2013.

Other Prizes, Awards, and Distinctions 

  • Carl S. Meyer Prize for best research presented by an Assistant Professor or Graduate Student at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, 2011.

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching, The Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, The University of Notre Dame, 2011.

  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Berkeley, 2004.

  • Magna Cum Laude (High Distinction in General Scholarship), Awarded by the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, 2004.

  • High Honors for Original Historical Research, Awarded by the Faculty of the Department of History, University of California, Berkeley, 2004.