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portrait of Daniel Christensen

Daniel Christensen

Assistant Professor of World History
  • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
  • M.A., University of California, Riverside
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin
  • B.A., Crossroads College

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Daniel grew up Presbyterian in a small town in Minnesota, and came to faith in Christ at age 17. He worked in the summers for two Church of Christ churches during his years at Crossroads College, a Bible college in Rochester, Minnesota. He worked in banking and computers for a number of years, including manning a technical support phoneline for Microsoft operating systems (no easy task), and had a career change to academics after he met his wife Dagmar, a woman from northern Germany. Daniel's interests lie in German history and the history of Europe from 1400-1800. His dissertation researched the political, medical, and Christian efforts to combat epidemics in seventeenth-century Germany. He has presented papers at national conferences of the history of medicine in Europe, on the reformation thinker and early Luther-supporter Willibald Pirckheimer of Nuremberg; and on a piece of Christian satirical fiction attacking the Catholic side in the Luther movement. Presently, he is interested in the intersection of political regimes and Christian ideology and practice in early modern European history. He has taught courses in various periods of European history, the history of Christianity, world civilizations, and, most recently, U.S. history.


  • American Historical Association
  • Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA.
  • Center for German and European History, University of California
  • Sixteenth Century Studies Conference
  • Conference on Faith and History
  • Conference Group for Central European History
  • California World History Association

Awards and Honors

  • UC, Riverside, History Department Fellowships: 1997-99, 2001, 2002, 2003.
  • Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, from the Center for German and European Studies, University of California. $3000, used for initial research in the archives of Germany. 1999.
  • Invited to attend a seminar in early modern German paleography, University of California, Berkeley, 2002, chaired by Thomas A. Brady, Jr.
  • Research Assistantship/Diversity Grant, UC, Riverside. 2000-2001.
  • Stipend, American Friends of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany. 2001.



  • Daniel Christensen,“Politics and the Plague in Early Modern Germany: Political Efforts to Combat Epidemics in the Duchy of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel during the Seventeenth Century (Saarbrücken: Verlag Müller, 2008)..
  • Daniel Christensen and Randolph C.Head, eds.,“Orthodoxies and Heterodoxies in Early Modern German Culture: Order and Creativity. 1500-1700 (Leiden: Brill, 2007).
  • Daniel Christensen, ed. “Meridians: Sources in World History(Boston: Pearson, 2007), ISBN: 978-0-536-49968-4. This is a collection of primary sources I had made for my world civilization course, as a print on demand book.
  • Daniel Christensen, co-author of “Introduction: Orthodoxies and Heterodoxy in the Early Modern German Experience, in Orthodoxies and Heterodoxies in Early Modern German Culture: Order and Creativity1500-1700, edited by Randolph C. Head and Daniel Christensen (Leiden: Brill, 2007).


  • Daniel Christensen,“Politics and the Plague: Church and State in Early Modern GermanySacred History(Nov./Dec., 2006).
  • Unpublished article: Daniel Christensen,“A Christian Worldview in the Teaching of History,for the Biola University Faculty Integration Seminar, 2006, director Michael Wilkins.
  • Book review:“The Interplay of Text and Image in the History of Early Modern Sciencereviewing Sachiko Kusukawa and Ian Maclean, eds., Transmitting Knowledge: Words, Images, and Instruments in Early Modern Europe for H-Net, http://www.h- (August, 2008).


  • A Tale of Two Networks: Willibald Pirckheimer’s Eccius Dedolatus and the Early Reformation.” Colloquium for Early Modern Central Europe, at UCLA. 1999.
  • Willibald Pirckheimer and his Patronage Networks in the German Reformation.” Southern California Graduate Student History Conference, University of California, Riverside. 1999.
  • Premodern Public Health in Seventeenth-Century Brandenburg-Prussia: The Establishment of the Collegium Medicum of 1685.” UC Colloquium on Early Modern Central Europe, at University of California, Berkeley. 2001.
  • Confronting the Plague in Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel: Rulers, Plague Officials, and Public Health during an Epidemic in the Seventeenth Century.” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 2002. Sponsored by the Frühe Neuzeit Interdisziplinär of German and North American scholars.
  • From Austerity to Apathy to Hope: Christianity in 19th and 20th Century England.” Presented to Biola students in preparation for study abroad in England, April, 2005.