Thomas Robisheaux

Fred W. Shaffer Professor of History (2011 - 2016)

Professor Robisheaux, who received his undergraduate degree from Duke in 1974, is an award-winning teacher and interdisciplinary scholar of medieval and early modern history. He is a fiercely independent thinker who stands out in his field for embracing his historical subjects on their own terms. His book The Last Witch of Langenburg: Murder in a German Village, takes the “micro-history,” as he calls it, of a witchcraft trial in a small town in Germany and extrapolates meaning to inform his broad cultural analysis. Professor Robisheaux’s teaching is on a par with his scholarship. He received Duke’s Howard D. Johnson Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006 and is widely regarded as one of the best undergraduate instructors on campus.