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David Lederer

Dr. David Lederer is Senior Lecturer at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, where he teaches early modern European history.  Previously, he worked as a Russian linguist for the intelligence services before receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland European Division, a MA from Michigan State University for his thesis on crime and punishment during the German Peasants' War and, finally, a PhD from New York University in 1995 for his dissertation on spiritual physic in seventeenth-century Bavaria.  Germany is his geographic speciality and his interests include the histories of psychiatry, suicide and Catholic priests who had sex during the Counter-Reformation.  Lederer has authored over 30 articles and his monograph, Madness, Religion and the State in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge, 2006) received the Gerald Strauss prize for best book on Reformation history.  From February 2015 until January 2017, he has been seconded to the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary's University London to engage in research on emotional welfare and brotherly love under the auspices of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship from the European Commission.

During 2015, he is assigned to the University of Adelaide hub of the ARC Centre for the History of the Emotions, where he will investigate the missionary activities of Lutheran missionaries in the Barossa Valley, as well as throughout Australia and PNG.