Judith Becker

Senior Researcher, Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte and
Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz

Judith Becker studied Protestant theology, philosophy and history at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum
and at the Sorbonne in Paris, and reformation history at St Andrews Reformation Studies Institute.
She holds a doctorate in the History of Christianity from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and completed
her habilitation at Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. She is a senior researcher at the Leibniz-Institut
für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz, with a focus on reformed confessionalisation and religious migration
as well as on Protestant church ordinances of the Reformation. Her second area of interest lies in mission
and intercultural religiosity in early modern and modern times. She has also worked on the shift of values
and on historical consciousness, particularly in the nineteenth-century mission movement. From 2010 to
2014, she directed a junior research group funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and
Research on ‘Transfer and Transformation of Missionaries’ Images of Europe in Contact with the Other,

Becker’s books include Conversio im Wandel: Basler Missionare zwischen Europa und Südindien und die
Ausbildung einer Kontaktreligiosität, 1834–1860
(2015); Gemeindeordnung und Kirchenzucht: Johannes a
Lascos Kirchenordnung für London (1555) und die reformierte Konfessionsbildung
(2007); (ed.) European
Missions in Contact Zones: Transformation through Interaction in a (Post-)Colonial World
(2015); (ed.,
with Brian Stanley) Europe as the Other: External Perspectives on European Christianity (2014); (ed., with
Bettina Braun) Die Begegnung mit Fremden und das Geschichtsbewusstsein (2012).

During her stay at SCAS, she will work on a project dealing with ‘Christian’ values in Pietism and
Evangelicalism, focusing particularly on transnational spirituality in the transition period around 1800.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2015-16.