Faculty Profile

Colleen Seguin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chair, Department of History

College of Arts & Sciences, Room 371


Professor Seguin came to Valparaiso University as a Lilly Fellow in the Humanities in 1996.

She is interested in the social and religious history of early modern Europe, particularly the histories of women and of families. Her course offerings include: Tudor Stuart England; History of Modern Britain; Gender, Spirituality, and Power: European Women, 1300-1700; The Origins of the Modern Family: Europe, 1400-1700; Medieval Europe; Developments in Western Culture through the Ages; and The Old Regime and the French Revolution.

Her research focuses on the experiences of Catholic women in post-Reformation England. Her article, “Ambiguous Liaisons: Catholic Women’s Relationships with their Confessors in Early Modern England” (Archive for Reformation History, vol. 95, 2004) won the American Society of Church History’s Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize in 2006. Professor Seguin is currently working on a book project that examines Catholic women’s resistance to religious conformity in early modern England.

She enjoys reading, walking, and watching classic films.


B.A. - Mount Holyoke College 
M.A. and Ph.D. - Duke University 

Research Interests

Early Modern England, European Women