Margo Todd

Early modern Britain, religion and culture, urban history
Walter H Annenberg Professor of History
College Hall 308C
Office Hours: 
T 12-1:30; R 2-3:30; By appt.
Teaching Schedule: 
M 2-5; TR 10:30-12
mtodd@sas.upenn.edu

Margo Todd is Walter H Annenberg Professor of History, specializing in early modern English and Scottish history and in the culture of Reformed (Calvinist) protestantism in Britain and early America. Her books include Christian Humanism and the Puritan Social OrderReformation to Revolution: Politics and Religion in Early Modern EnglandThe Culture of Protestantism in Early Modern Scotland (winner of the Longman-History Today Prize and the Scottish History Book of the Year Award), and most recently an edition of the Kirk Session Books of Perth, 1577-1590. She has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.  In 2016-17 she will be the Fletcher Jones Foundation Distinguished Fellow of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

Professor Todd is presently at work on a history of the royal burgh of Perth in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and is beginning a study of religious anxiety in the early modern Reformed tradition.  Most recently she has published on dispute arbitration in early modern Britain. She teaches a range of undergraduate courses, from medieval and early modern British history to an interdisciplinary seminar on utopian thought from Plato through the twentieth century, in addition to graduate seminars in early modern cultural, urban, and religious history.

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 050 The British Isles to 1700
  • HIST 211 Utopia
  • HIST 311 The Tudors
  • HIST 312  Britain's Century of Revolution
  • HIST 720 The Long Reformation in Britain and America
  • HIST 720 Research in Early Modern Urban History