David George Mullan
Citizenship British and Canadian
22-20 Ironwood Point
St Albert, Alberta T8N 6C7
e-mail [email protected]
BEd Queen’s University 1989
PhD University of Guelph 1985
Thesis: ‘Episcopacy in Scotland: The History of an Idea, 1560–1638’
Supervisor: Professor E. J. Cowan
External examiner: Dr. Maurice Lee, Jr, Rutgers University
Thesis grade: Distinguished
ThM University of Toronto 1982
Thesis: ‘Roger Williams and the Elect Nation: The Theological Critique of a Religio–Cultural Myth’
Supervisor: Dr. John W. Grant, Emmanuel College
Thesis grade: 84%
BD University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 1975
BA University of Calgary 1972
Status: With Distinction
- Books written
Narratives of the Religious Self in Early–Modern Scotland. Farnham: Ashgate, 2010.
Scottish Puritanism, 1590–1638. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Episcopacy in Scotland: The History of an Idea, 1560–1638. Edinburgh: John Donald, 1986.
- Books edited [sources]
Protestant Piety in Early–Modern Scotland: Letters, Lives, and Covenants, 1650–1712. Edinburgh: Scottish History Society, 2008 [2001 series volume].
Women’s Life Writing in Early Modern Scotland: Writing the Evangelical Self, c.1670–1730. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003.
Religious Controversy in Scotland, 1625–1639. Edinburgh: Scottish History Society, 2002 [1998 series volume].
Religious Pluralism in the West: An Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1998.
Book edited [essays] with Crawford Gribben, Literature and the Scottish Reformation. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009.
Shorter piece edited [manuscript]
Mistress Rutherford’s Conversion Narrative. Scottish History Society, Miscellany xiii. Edinburgh: Scottish History Society, 2004, pp. 146-88.
Refereed journal essays and chapters
‘Select Scottish Catholic Responses to Reformation Teachings’, in Ian Hazlett (ed.), Companion to the Scottish Reformation (Leiden: Brill, 2021).
‘Scottish Theology from the Rise of Protestantism to the Revolution’, in Ian Hazlett (ed.), Companion to the Scottish Reformation (Leiden: Brill, 2021).
‘Robert Bruce, William Cowper, and John Forbes of Alford’, in Ronald K. Rittgers and Vincent Evener (eds), Protestants and Mysticism in Reformation Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2019), 409-428.
‘Federal Theology in Scotland from the Reformation to c.1677’, in David Fergusson and Mark W. Elliott (eds), History of Scottish Theology, 3 vols (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019), 225-237.
‘Martin Luther in nineteenth-century France’. Journal of Religious History, 38 (2014), 499-515.
‘The Dialectics of Protestantism in nineteenth-century France’, The Catholic Social Science Review, 16 (2011), 213-28.
‘Writing the Scottish Reformation’, in Crawford Gribben and David George Mullan (eds), Literature and the Scottish Reformation (Farnham: Ashgate, 2009), pp. 21-44.
‘Parents and Children in Early Modern Scotland’, in Elizabeth Ewan and Janay Nugent (eds), Finding the Family in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), pp. 73-83.
‘A Hotter sort of Protestantism? Comparisons between French and Scottish Calvinisms’, Sixteenth Century Journal, 39 (2008), 45-69.
‘Scottish Women’s Religious Narrative, 1660-1720: Constructing the Evangelical Self’, in Sarah Dunnigan, C. Marie Harker, and Evelyn Newlyn (eds), Woman and the Feminine in Medieval and Early Modern Scottish Writing (London: Palgrave, 2004), pp. 178–91.
‘Women in Scottish Divinity, c.1590-c.1640’, in Elizabeth Ewan and Maureen Meikle (eds), Women in Scotland, c.1100-c.1750 (East Linton: Tuckwell, 1999 [repr. 2002]), pp. 29-41.
‘The Royal Law of Liberty: A Reassessment of the Early Career of John Glass’. Journal of the United Reformed Church History Society, 6 (1999), 233–62.
‘Mistress Rutherford’s Narrative: A Scottish Puritan Autobiography’. Bunyan Studies, 7 (1997), 13–37.
‘Masked Popery and Pyrrhonian Uncertainty: The Early Scottish Covenanters on Arminianism’. Journal of Religious History, 21 (1997), 159–77.
‘Arminianism in the Lord’s Assembly: Glasgow, 1638’. Records of the Scottish Church History Society, 26 (1996), 1–30.
‘Theology in the Church of Scotland 1618–c.1640: A Calvinist Consensus?’ Sixteenth Century Journal, 26 (1995), 595–617.
‘“Uniformity in Religion”: The Solemn League and Covenant (1643) and the Presbyterian Vision’, in Later Calvinism: International Perspectives. Ed. W. Fred Graham (Kirksville, Missouri: Sixteenth Century Studies Society, 1994), pp. 249–66.
- Book reviews
Andrew Melville (1545-1622): Writings, Reception, and Reputation, edited by Roger A. Mason and Steven J. Reid. American Historical Review, 121 (2016), 316-17.
Defending the Revolution: The Church of Scotland 1689-1716, by Jeffrey Stephen. Church History, 84 (2015), 249-51.
Culture of Controversy: Religious Arguments in Scotland, 1660-1714, by Alasdair Raffe. Scottish Studies Newsletter, no. 41 (May 2013), 46-8.
Andrew Melville and Humanism in Renaissance Scotland, by E. R. Holloway and Humanism and Calvinism, by Steven J. Reid. http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=36507, February 2013.
Keeping Faith, Losing Faith: Religious Belief and Political Economy, eds Bradley Bateman and H. Spencer Banzhaf. Journal of Markets and Morality, 13 (2010), 241-244.
Politics or Religion? The Reformation in Perth, 1540–1570, by Mary Verschuur. Sixteenth Century Journal, 39 (2008), 838–39.
The Religious Culture of the Huguenots, 1660–1750, ed. Anne Dunan–Page. Sixteenth Century Journal, 39 (2008), 766–67.
Memoirs of Isaac Dumont de Bostaquet, ed. Dianne W. Ressinger. Sixteenth Century Journal, 39 (2008), 224–25.
Enforcing Reformation in Ireland and Scotland, 1550–1700, eds Elizabethanne Boran and Crawford Gribben. Sixteenth Century Journal, 39 (2008), 138–40.
Jane Leade: Biography of a Seventeenth–Century Mystic, by Julie Hirst. Church History, 76 (2007), 185–86.
The Souls of Purgatory: The spiritual diary of a seventeenth–century Afro–Peruvian mystic, Ursula de Jesús, translated, edited, and with an introduction by Nancy E. van Deusen. Sixteenth Century Journal, 38 (2007), 599–600.
John Calvin and the Printed Book, by Jean–François Gilmont, trans. Karin Maag. Sixteenth Century Journal, 38 (2007), 588–89.
Scottish Communities abroad in the early modern Period, edited by Alexia Grosjean and Steve Murdoch. Sixteenth Century Journal, 37 (2006), 1101–3.
Sacraments, Ceremonies and the Stuart Divines: Sacramental Theology and Liturgy in England and Scotland, 1603–1662, by Bryan D. Spinks. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 54 (2003), 377–78.
Government by Polemic: James I, the King’s Preachers, and the Rhetoric of Conformity, by Lori Anne Ferrell. Scottish Historical Review, 79 (2000), 117.
Politics, Religion and the British Revolutions: The Mind of Samuel Rutherford, by John Coffey. Review of Politics, 62 (2000), 531–33.
Soldiers, Writers and Statesmen of the English Revolution, eds Ian Gentles, John Morrill, Blair Worden. Canadian Journal of History, 34 (1999), 448–50.
The Scottish Regency of the Earl of Arran: A Study in the Failure of Anglo–Scottish Relations, by David Franklin. Sixteenth Century Journal, 27 (1996), 1166–67.
Scottish Church History, by Gordon Donaldson. Scottish Tradition, 14 (1986–7), 58–59.
- Other reviews
2019 review of essay manuscript submitted to Church History
2019 review of essay manuscript submitted to Journal of British Studies
2019 review of essay manuscript submitted to International Review of Scottish Studies
2008 review of essay manuscript submitted to Journal of British Studies
2007 review of essay manuscript submitted to History
2007 review of essay manuscript submitted to Renaissance and Reformation
2006 review of book manuscript submitted to Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University
2006 review (twice!) of book manuscript submitted to South Carolina University Press
2002 review of essay manuscript submitted to Journal of British Studies
2001 review of essay manuscript submitted to Review of Politics
Articles for Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias
The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland, 4 vols, vol. 1: Medieval to 1707, eds Alastair Mann and Sally Mapstone (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming). Articles on:
9.1. b) Scripture and Liturgy, 1560-1707
9.2. b) Theology, sermons and controversy, 1560-1707
The New Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women, eds Elizabeth Ewan, Rose Pipes, Jane Rendall, and Siân Reynolds. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.
Mistress Rutherford Bessie Clarkson
Margaret Mitchel Helen Alexander
Katharine Collace (Mistress Ross)
The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women, eds Elizabeth L. Ewan, Sue Innes, Siân Reynolds, and Rose Pipes. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006. Articles on:
Mistress Rutherford Bessie Clarkson
Margaret Mitchel Helen Alexander
Puritans and Puritanism in Europe and America, eds Francis Bremer and Tom Webster, 2 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio, 2006. Articles on:
Solemn League and Covenant
John Forbes of Alford
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, eds Colin Matthew and Brian Harrison. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. Articles on:
William Annand [secundus]
Archbishop Alexander Burnet
Bishop William Cowper
Robert Fleming [primus]
John Forbes of Corse
Bishop Patrick Forbes
Bishop William Forbes
Bishop Patrick Scougal
Archbishop James Sharp
Reader’s Guide to British History, ed. David Loades. London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2003. Articles on:
National Covenant; Books of Discipline; Episcopalianism, Scottish
Other research, not refereed
’The Early History of St Mary’s Polish Parish, Sydney, Nova Scotia’, 1999 (unpublished).
–Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral fellowship, 1982–1984
–Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 1981–1982
Substitute teacher in the Sturgeon Public School Division September 2020-present
2020-2021 48.5 days
2021-2022 74 days (to 28 Feb.)
Supply teaching in eastern Ontario April-June 1989
assistant (1989)/associate (1992)/professor (2002), history and religious studies, University College of Cape Breton (tenured 1992), now (25 February 2005) Cape Breton University
–Western Civilization, Reformation and 17th–century Europe, England and Scotland 1500-1700, history of Christianity, religious pluralism, modern revolutions
Retired 31 December 2016
Professor emeritus 2018-
2015–Paris [9 weeks]
2014–Paris [9 weeks]
2011–Paris [9 weeks]
2010–Paris [2 weeks]
2009–Montpellier [2 weeks]
Paris [4 weeks]
2008–Paris [2 weeks]
2007–Edinburgh and London [10 days]
2006–Washington, DC [1 week]
Edinburgh [1 week]
2005–Atlanta [1 week]
Paris [6 weeks]
Edinburgh [2 weeks]
2004–Paris [3 months]
Edinburgh [2 weeks]
2003–Paris [6 weeks]
2002–Edinburgh [2 months]
Calgary [5 weeks]
2001–Edinburgh [6 months]
2000–Calgary [1 month]
1999–Edinburgh [5 months]
1998–Edinburgh [5 months]
1997–Ontario unis. [5 weeks]
1996–Edinburgh [5 months]
Guelph [10 days]
1995–Edinburgh [7 months]
1994–Guelph [10 days]
Toronto [2 weeks]
1993–Edinburgh [4 months]
1992–Guelph [1 week]
Yale [10 days]
Edinburgh [1 month]
1991–Calgary [4 months]
Non-Stipendiary Research Fellowships
Visiting Research Fellow, Faculty of Divinity, New College, University of Edinburgh
Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh
Visiting Research Fellow, Calgary Institute for the Humanities, University of Calgary
RP Grant, Cape Breton University, spring 2015 $ 8,000
RP Grant, Cape Breton University, spring 2014 $ 8,000
RP Grant, Cape Breton University, fall 2009 $ 3,222
RP Grant, Cape Breton University, spring 2009 $ 7,000
RP Grant, Cape Breton University, 2006 $ 1,832
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2005-2008 $56,216
RP Grant, University College of Cape Breton, 2004 $ 1,000
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2002-2005 $32,760
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 1998-2001 $26,400
University College of Cape Breton, April 1991-April 1997 $16,810
Other Academic Activities
Papers and public lectures
Federal Theology from the Reformation to c. 1677. History of Scottish Theology Conference, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, 12 November 2016.
Vincent Audin (1793-1851), Ultramontanist Historian. Society of Catholic Social Scientists, Steubenville, OH, 24 October 2015.
Looking for Martin Luther in nineteenth-century France. Society of Catholic Social Scientists, New York, 26 October 2012.
The Dialectics of Protestantism in nineteenth-century France. Society of Catholic Social Scientists, South Bend, 22 October 2010.
The Autobiography of an Academic Career, 1995–2008. Sabbatical Seminar, Cape Breton University, 8 February 2008.
Writing the Scottish Reformation, 1560–1700. Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Atlanta, 24 October 2005.
Huguenot Religious Narrative in International Perspective. Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Toronto, 29 October 2004.
Writing Women and Feminine Spirituality in early–modern Scotland. Mystical Manuscripts, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, 22 May 2004.
Women, Gender, and the Politics of Writing: Religious Autobiography in early modern Scotland. Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, 13 January 2003.
The Scholarship and Perils of Editing. Sabbatical Seminar, University College of Cape Breton, 5 November 2002.
The Bible, Men of God, and Scottish Writing Women: Masculinity and Imagination in Constructing the Evangelical Self, 1660-1725. Kalamazoo Medieval Congress, May 2002.
The Unknown Feminine World of Early Modern Scottish Prose: Writing the Evangelical Self, 1660-1724. Institute for Historical Research, University of London, 30 October 2001.
Inventing the Evangelical Self: Scottish Women’s Self-Writing, 1660–1730. Ecclesiastical History Seminar, New College, University of Edinburgh, 10 May 2001.
Scottish Women’s Writing. With Elizabeth Ewan, Sarah Dunnigan, and Evelyn Newlands. Attending to Early Modern Women. University of Maryland, 10 November 2000.
The Early Modern Scottish Family as seen in the Literature of Religious Autobiography. Scottish Studies Colloquium, University of Guelph, 14 October 2000.
Religious Autobiography in Scotland. Faculty seminar, University College of Cape Breton, 4 February 1999.
Logos and Mythos: The Lord’s Supper in 17th–Century Scotland. Sixteenth Century Studies Society Conference, Toronto, 22 October 1998.
Early Scottish Autobiographies and the Formation of Puritan Community. Sixteenth Century Studies Society Conference, Atlanta, 24 October 1997.
Mistress Rutherford and her Autobiography. UCCB Sabbatical Seminar. 13 February 1997.
Women in religious discourse: Scotland, 1600–40. Sixteenth Century Studies Society Conference, St. Louis, 24 October 1996.
Covenanting in Scotland 1556–1730: Traditions and Critics. Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, 2 November 1995.
Arminianism in the Lord’s Assembly: Glasgow, 1638. Scottish Church History Society, New College, University of Edinburgh, 31 October 1995.
‘The feeling spiritual’: Covenanting piety 1600–1640. Ecclesiastical History Seminar, New College, University of Edinburgh, 26 October 1995.
John Glass: early career and intellectual heritage. Scottish History Seminar, University of Glasgow, 24 October 1995.
A complex metaphor: covenanting in Scotland 1556–1638. Scottish History Seminar, University of St. Andrews, 12 October 1995.
The problem of religious pluralism in the west: Philosophical and historical perspectives. Faculty seminar, University College of Cape Breton, January 1995.
Theological dimensions of the Scottish National Covenant. Sixteenth Century Studies Society Conference, Toronto, October 1994.
The doctrine of religious intolerance according to the early covenanters. Sixteenth Century Studies Society Conference, St. Louis, December 1993.
Arminianism and the early covenanters. Sixteenth Century Studies Society Conference, Atlanta, October 1992.
The early covenanters and religious toleration. Calgary Institute for the Humanities, July 1991.
Reforming bishops and the Scottish Reformation. Guelph–Waterloo Consortium on Reformation Studies, November 1984.
‘P. S. Tell my Indian friends I love them’: Roger Williams and the American Indian. Guelph-Waterloo Consortium on Reformation Studies, October 1981.
Other conference activities
Organized session entitled ‘New Perspectives on the Scottish Reformation’, at Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Atlanta, October 2005.
Organized two sessions on Scottish history for Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Toronto, 28–31 October 2004. Chaired session entitled ‘Early Developments in Scottish Protestantism’.
Organized four sessions on Scottish history for Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Toronto, 22–23 October 1998. Chaired session entitled ‘The Reformation in Scotland’.
Chaired session entitled ‘The Secularization of Medicine’, at Medicine, Science and Enlightenment 1680–1789, Edinburgh, 13 August 1998.
Organized session entitled ‘Scottish Reformed Piety and Practice’, at Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Atlanta, 24 October 1997.
Organized session entitled ‘Women in Scotland 1450–1650’, at Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, St. Louis, 24 October 1996.
Other scholarly activities
I have been consulted by a number of post-grads in Scottish history, both in Canada and the UK.
2011 and 2012 member of a SSHRC doctoral fellowship committee
2005–6, 2006–7 member of an evaluation committee, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
1998 anonymous reviewer of a research grant proposal submitted to SSHRC
2014—2015 Member, Senate
2013—2014 Member, Student Success Committee
2008—2011 Member, BA Committee
2007—2010 Member, Research Assistance Committee
October 2000–April 2001; January 2002-April 2003 Member, Academic Council; member of Academic Committee, then of Nominating Committee; chair, Planning and Priorities Committee
October 2000 Sub-committee on Religious Studies
November 1999–June 2000 Secretary, School of Arts and Letters
November 1996 Library Advisory Committee
September 1996–March 1998 Chair, Department of History and Fine Arts
June 1994–April 1995 Chair, Department of History and Fine Arts
June–December 1994 Grievance and Appeals Committee
June 1994 Member, bylaws committee, Peer Review Committee
June 1994–April 1995 Member, Peer Review Committee
June 1994 Member, Dean Search Advisory Committee, School of Arts and Letters
September 1993–September 1994 Member, Academic Council
September 1993–November 1993 Member, Steering Committee of the Strategic Planning Process
September 1991–September 1993 Member, Committee on Studies
September 1989–June 1992 Secretary, Department of Humanities
President’s Award for Excellence in Research, Cape Breton University, 4 April 2014