Associate Professor

Office Location 
North Hall 102
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Nikki  Shepardson

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
  • Rider University
    Assistant Professor
  • New Jersey History, Newark, NJ
  • Rider University
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Journal of the History of Ideas, New Brunswick, NJ
    Editorial Assistant

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


  • 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).


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