Areas of expertise: late medieval and early modern Europe; Central Europe; the Reformations; religious conflict; property; politics; theology; biblical interpretation
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1736-835X
Phone: +61 3 9230 8420
Location: ACU Melbourne Campus
A historian of religion in medieval and early modern Europe, Professor Ocker’s research and publications focus on Christianity before the Enlightenment. He has special interest in the Reformation, its background, and the gradual change of religious and intellectual cultures in the medieval and early modern periods.
Before coming to ACU, Professor Ocker was Chair of the Department of Cultural and Historical Studies of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and Professor of History at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. He has been a von Humboldt fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for History, fellow of the Institute of European History in Mainz and the Institute for Advanced Study in Constance, and a visiting scholar at Cambridge and the American Academy in Rome.
Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions, member of editorial board, 2009-present; Journal of the American Academy of Religion, associate editor, 2017-present. Journal of the Bible and Its Reception, editor, 2015-present (managing co-editor, 2015-2017); Arbeiten zur Kirchengeschichte,editor, 2019-present.