CCSU Faculty
Glenn S. Sunshine

Glenn S. Sunshine

Professor of History

Department of History
Social Sciences Hall
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050

Phone: (860) 832-2810
Fax: (860) 832-2804
Email: sunshineg@ccsu.edu


Area of Specialization: Renaissance and Reformation Europe

Glenn S. Sunshine received his B.A. in Linguistics with high honors from Michigan State University in 1980. He received the M.A. in Church History, summa cum laude, from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Illinois). He earned his M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1992) in History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. During 1989-90, he held a Fulbright Full Grant to study in France. He joined the CCSU faculty in 1994. Prior to his arrival, he taught at Calvin College. In the fall of 1999, he was a visiting professor at the Universität der Bundeswehr-Hamburg (now Helmut Schmidt University) in Germany. He served as department chair, Fall 2006 - Summer 2012.

Dr. Sunshine’s teaching interests encompass the Renaissance and Reformation in Europe, as well as the history of plagues, church history, economic history, and military history. His current research is on the development of worldviews from the Roman Empire to the postmodern era, supported by a 2006 grant from the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. His first book, Reforming French Protestantism, won the 2005 Bi-Annual Huguenot Society Award.

Selected publications:

  • The Reformation for Armchair Theologians (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2005)
  • Reforming French Protestantism: The Development of Huguenot Ecclesiastical Institutions 1557-1572, Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies no. 66 (Kirksville, Mo.: Truman State University Press, 2003).
  • "Pastors in the French and Hungarian Reformed Churches: Two Models of Reform," in Calvin and the Company of Pastors, Calvin Studies Society Papers, 2003 (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Calvin Studies Society, 2004)
  • "Pastoral Oversight in the French Reformed Churches: The Evolution of the Colloquy," in Geschichte als Verpflichtung: Hamburg, Reformation und Historiographie, Festschrift fuer Rainer Postel zum 60. Geburtstag. Herausgegeben von Michael Hundt unter Miterbeit von Lars Jockheck, Beitraege zur deutschen und europaeischen Geschichte 28 (Hamburg: Kraemer, 2001). ["History as Obligation: Hamburg, Reformation and Historiography. Festschrift for Rainer Postel in honor of his 60th birthday. Edited by Michael Hundt with the assistance of Lars Jockheck. Studies in German and European History 28."]
  • "Discipline as the Third Mark of the Church: Three Views," Calvin Theological Journal 33 (1998): 469-80.
  • "Geneva meets Rome: The Development of the French Reformed Diaconate," Sixteenth Century Journal 26 (1995): 331 47.
  • "Reformed Theology and the Origins of Synodical Polity: Calvin, Beza and the Gallican Confession," in Later Calvinism: International Perspectives, ed. W. Fred Graham, Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies 22 (Kirksville, Mo.: Sixteenth Century Journal Publishers, 1994).
  • "The Theological Origins of the French Discipline Ecclésiastique: Calvin, Beza and the French Confession," in Calvin and the State, Proceedings of the Eighth Colloquium on Calvin and Calvin Studies, ed. Peter DeKlerk (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Calvin Studies Society, 1993).
  • "The Transformation of a Political Symbol: Tree Festivals in France from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries," French History 4 (1990): 455 86. Translator with Dr. J. A. Bergin of Andree Corvol.
  • "French Protestantism on the Eve of St Bartholomew: The Ecclesiastical Discipline of the French Reformed Churches, 1571 1572," French History 4 (1990): 340 77.
  • "Jean Alphonse Turrettini on Accommodation and Biblical Error: Calvinist or Socinian?" Calvin Theological Journal 25 (1990): 7 27. With Martin I. Klauber.