Ruth Atherton

Ruth Atherton


  • Hanes | History
    Cyfadran y Diwyndiannu Creadigol | Faculty of Creative Industries
    Pryfysgol De Cymru | University of South Wales


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Research interests

Ruth Atherton is a social, religious and cultural historian of early-modern Europe. Her research interests focus on confessional identity formation and the nature of sin and salvation in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Germany, especially with regards to the development of early modern sacramental education. 

Ruth completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham. Her work explores the development of early modern sacramental education with a particular focus on the Holy Roman Empire in the sixteenth century.

She is currently working on a monograph entitled ‘The invisible grace of God’: Sacramental Education in Reformation Germany, 1525-1610’ as well as pieces on confessional identity formation more broadly across early-modern Germany.


Ruth is the Early Career Research Network Lead at USW.

Teaching interests

I am module leader for the following:

Science, Magic and Medicine in Early Modern Europe

The Tudor World, 1485-1603


Vice, Scandal and Depravity: Cities of Sin in Reformation Europe


I am also Pathway Leader for Foundation Humanities and Law.

Teaching interests

Postgraduate Supervision

I am interested in supervising post-graduates on topics regarding religion, politics, culture and society in early modern Europe.

Education/Academic qualification

History, BA (Hons)

Reformation and Early Modern Studies, MA

History, PhD

Higher Education Academy, Fellowship

External positions

Associate Fellow, Royal Historical Society

2023 → …

Deputy Editor, Reformation and Renaissance Review

2022 → …

Fellow Higher Education Academy

2017 → …


  • D111 Medieval History


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