Born and raised in California, Craig Harline earned a Ph.D. in European History from Rutgers University (1986). Since 1992 he has been a professor of History at Brigham Young University, teaching courses on the Reformation, the History of Civilization, History of Christianity, and such seminars as “Miracles” and “Toleration and Persecution.” In 1996 and 2001 he was also visiting professor and research fellow at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, in 2006 research fellow at the University of Antwerp, and in 2011 research fellow at the Belgian Academy (VLAC) in Brussels. His research focuses on the religious history of Europe since the Middle Ages, which he has pursued in archives of Belgium, the Netherlands, France, England, Germany, and Sweden, thanks to grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Catholic University of Louvain, the University of Antwerp, the College of FHSS at BYU, and other agencies. His publications have been reviewed in mainstream and academic media alike, and he has been interviewed on various radio and television programs in the US, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Ireland.


Field:  Early Modern Europe, Religion

Contact Info:

2115 JFSB
(801) 422-7848 ​

Current Classes:

Classes Taught:

  • Hist 200: The Historian's Craft
  • Hist 201: World Civilizations to 1500
  • Hist 232: Introduction to the History of Christianity
  • Hist 303: Reformation Europe
  • Hist 485: Junior Seminar
  • Hist 490: Historical Research and Writing

Personal Website at www.c​raigharline.com


A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation​(forthcoming, Oxford University Press, September ​2017).​
Jacobs Vlucht: een familiesaga van de Gouden Eeuw​ (Jacob's Flight: A Family Saga of the Golden Age) (Nijmegen, the Netherlands: Vantilt, 2016)
Way Below the Angels: The Pretty Clearly Troubled But Not Even Close to Tragic Confessions of a Real Live Mormon Missionary (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2014). Named the Religion Book of the Year by Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Awards.  Named Best Memoir by the Mormon History Association.
Conversions: Two Family Stories from the Reformation and Modern America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011). Named a Top Ten Book in Religion, for 2011, by Publishers Weekly. Named a finalist for the Mark Lynton Prize in History, 2012.
Sunday: A History of the First Day from Babylonia to the Super Bowl (New York: Doubleday, 2007; Paperback Yale University Press, 2011). Named one of the Best Religion Books of 2007 by Publishers Weekly.
Miracles at the Jesus Oak (New York: Doubleday, 2003; Paperback Yale University Press, 2011). Translated into Dutch as Wonderen van Jezus Eik (Amsterdam: Bert Bakker, 2003). Named a Top Ten Book in Religion, for 2003, by Booklist.
(with Eddy Put) A Bishop's Tale (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2000: Paperback 2002). Named an Editor's Choice Book in Religion, for 2000, at Amazon.com; Honorable Mention, Bainton Prize, from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, 2001. Appeared in Dutch as Verloren schapen, Schurftige herders: de helse dagen van Mathias Hovius (Leuven: Davidsfonds, 2002).

The Burdens of Sister Margaret (New York: Doubleday, 1994: Abridged Paperback, Yale University Press, Nota Bene Series, 2000). Translated into Swedish as Syster Margriets Prövningar (Stockholm: Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion, 1995), and into Dutch as De Verzoekingen van Zuster Margriet (Antwerp: Hadewych, 1997).