Nikki Shepardson
Associate Professor Email: nshepardson@rider.edu
Phone Number: 609-895-5459
Office Location:
North Hall 102

Faculty Office Hours

Mailing Address:
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Role: 
Faculty
Title: 
Associate Professor
Email: 
nshepardson@rider.edu
Phone Number: 
609-895-5459
Mailing Address: 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Office Location: 
North Hall 102

Teaches early modern and modern European history including women's history and the history of Christianity. Her research concentrates on martyrs and martyrdom in sixteenth-century France as well as gender issues in the Renaissance and Reformation. (Ph.D., Rutgers)

Courses Taught at Rider

  • History of Christianity
  • World History to 1500
  • World History from 1500
  • Renaissance and Reformation
  • Italy from the Middle Ages to the Present
  • Women in Europe from Antiquity to the French Revolution

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., European History, Rutgers University
  • M.A. History, Rutgers University
  • B.A. History, University of Rochester
  • Secondary Education Certification Social Studies, University of Rochester

Professional Background

  • Rider University
    Associate Professor
    2006-present
  • Rider University
    Assistant Professor
    2000-2006
  • New Jersey History, Newark, NJ
    Editor
    1999-2001
  • Rider University
    Instructor
    1998-1999
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
    Instructor
    1996-1997
  • Journal of the History of Ideas, New Brunswick, NJ
    Editorial Assistant
    1992-1998

Awards, Fellowships, Etc.

  • Summer Faculty Development Fellowship, Rider University, 2009
  • Graduate Fellow, Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University, 1995-1996
  • Marion Johnson Fellowship, Rutgers University

Publications

  • Burning Zeal: The Rhetoric of Martyrdom and the Protestant Community in Reformation France, 1520-1570 (Lehigh University Press, 2007).
  • "Gender and the Rhetoric of Martyrdom in Jean Crespin's Histoire des vrays tesmoins," Sixteenth Century Journal 35, no. 1 (Spring 2004): 155-174. 
  • "Martyrs and Martyrdom" and "Théodore Beza" in Jonathan Dewald, ed., The Dictionary of Early Modern Europe (Scribner's Sons, 2004).
  • "Martyrology" in D. R. Woolf, ed., A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing (Garland Publishers, 1998).

Research

  • Article in progress, "Martyrdom and Amendes honorables: Criminal Penalties, Rituals of Repentance, and Obstinate Protestants in Sixteenth Century France."