Professor Richard Rex

Richard Andrew William Rex, MA, PhD. Professor of Reformation History. Polkinghorne Fellow in Theology, Director of Studies in Theological and Religious Studies and College Lecturer in History.


As Director of Studies I am responsible for organising the teaching for Theology and Religious Studies undergraduates, and I supervise for Part 1A. I also teach for Part 1 History students. In general I try to avoid a formulaic supervision style, and prefer to tailor my teaching to the individual student, taking into account their interests and priorities. I work hard to provide detailed feedback, particularly on the substance and structure of essays, and am a careful reader of students' work.

Within college I have been a Graduate Tutor since 2011 and Deputy Senior Tutor from 2013 till 2017. Many graduate students find that their working lives focus more on their department than on their college, but I try to make sure graduate students are aware of and benefit from the opportunities the college has to offer.

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My research mainly clusters around two themes: religious change in England in the late medieval and early modern era, in particular during the reign of Henry VIIl; and the relationship between humanism and the early reformation in Europe. My latest book, the Making of Martin Luther, was published by Princeton University Press in autumn 2017.


Although I am based within the Faculty of Divinity, where I lecture the first year course in the History of Christianity, my teaching interests and activities also overlap with those of the Faculty of History. For the History Faculty I supervise for the papers in early modern British and early modern European history. I am currently supervising three PhD students across both faculties and am also happy to supervise MPhil dissertations for students in either Faculty.

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  • Official Fellow
  • Polkinghorne Fellow in Theology
  • Director of Studies in Theological and Religious Studies