Colleen Seguin

Associate Professor of History

Arts and Sciences Building, Room 374


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


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.


Early Modern England, European Women


  • Valparaiso University Excellence in Teaching Award by the Committee to Enhance Learning & Teaching (CELT), recipient, 2018-2019