Mary Jane Chase
Mary Jane Chase
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Columbia University
B.A. Stanford University

Areas of Experience

  • France in the Sixteenth Century
  • Definitions of Western Civilization
  • About Mary Jane Chase

    B.A., Honors: Renaissance Studies, Stanford University 1977
    Honors Thesis: "Marguerite d'Angouleme"

    M.A., Ph.D., Early Modern European History, Columbia University 1992
    Master's Thesis: "Sebastian Castellio"
    Dissertation: "Popular Piety in Sixteenth-Century Picardy: Amiens and the Rise of Private Devotions, 1500-1540"

    Born and raised in university towns (Evanston, IL and Ann Arbor, MI), the love of academia and a sense of humor drove me to spend the rest of my life in school. I fell in love with Paris at 16 (high school trip) and have tried to arrange my life ever since to have an excuse to return to France on a regular basis.  I teach a variety of courses in European history and World History, covering topics from the ancient world through the French Revolution.  

    My decision to come to Westminster College was the best professional and personal decision I ever made. If you've ever met the Westminster faculty and students you understand completely!

    Publications and Papers:

    "Et aures habentes non auditis:  Getting the Message about Images in Sixteenth-Century Amiens,” accepted for publication in the Sixteenth Century Journal.  Forthcoming 2015.

    “L’Échevinage d’Amiens 1500-1540,” Bulletin de la Société des Antiquaires de Picardie, 3e et 4e trimestres 2006, pp. 677-700.

    Review of Richard L. DeMolen (ed.), Religious Orders of the Catholic Reformation (NY: Fordham University Press, 1994) in Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. XXIX, No. 2, 1998, pp. 560-562.

    Two articles:  “Cathedrals:  Continental Europe” and “Monasteries:  Continental Europe” in Encyclopedia of the Reformation (NY:  Cambridge University Press, 1996).

    “Reformation” in Encyclopedia of Monasticism (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000).

    "The Meaning of Blasphemy:  Evolution of a Concept in Practice in Sixteenth-Century Amiens,"  2011 Rocky Mountain European Scholars Consortium, Salt Lake City, UT

     “Et aures habentes non auditis: Getting the Message about Images in Sixteenth-Century Amiens,” 2010 Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, Montreal, Canada.

    Le miroir de la vie humaine:  Images and the Reformation in Catholic France,” 1993 Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, St. Louis, MO.

    “The Uses of Prayerbeads:  Patenostres and Marian Devotions in Early Sixteenth-Century Amiens,” 1991 Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

    "Religious Objects as a Guide to Popular Piety in Sixteenth-Century Amiens," 1990 Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, St. Louis, MO.

     Current Undergraduate Research Projects include:

    • Oral history biography of Salt Lake City resident.
    • Creating a digital map of 16th century Amiens with related data overlay.
    • Recreating an artistic rendition of a 16th century tomb that was destroyed in the 18th century.