Office Phone: (540) 432-4408
Main Campus, Harrisonburg
Office Location: RLN 314
Office Hours: M-F 8:00-4:00
Mary Susan Sprunger has taught at EMU since 1992. She earned a B.A. in history and German at Bethel College (Kansas) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her teaching interests include European history, world history, women’s history, Mennonite history and historical movies. She is writinig a book on the economic and cultural dimensions of a wealthy, urban Mennonite church during the Dutch Golden Age (the seventeenth-century). She is married and is the mother of two children.
B.A., Bethel College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois
- Co-editor with Mark Jantzen and John D. Thiesen. European Mennonites and the Challenge of Modernity over Five Centuries: Contributors, Detractors, and Adapters. North Newton, KS: Bethel College, 2016 (in final editing stages).
- “A Mennonite Capitalist Ethic in the Dutch Golden Age; Weber Revisited.” In European Mennonites and the Challenge of Modernity over Five Centuries: Contributors, Detractors, and Adapters, edited by Mark Jantzen, Mary S. Sprunger and John D. Thiesen, 51-70 (in press).
- “Being Mennonite: Neighborhood, Family, and Confessional Choice in Golden Age Amsterdam.” In Religious Minorities and Cultural Diversity in the Dutch Republic: Studies Presented to Piet Visser on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday, edited by August den Hollander, Alex Noord, Mirjam van Veen and Anna Voolstra, 150-70. Brill’s Series in Church History 67. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
- “Deaconesses, Fishwives, Crooks and Prophetesses: Mennonite Image and Reality in Golden Age Amsterdam.” In Sisters: Myth and Reality of Anabaptist, Mennonite, and Doopsgezind Women, ca 1525-1900, edited by Mirjam van Veen, Piet Visser and Gary K. Waite, 169-85. Brill’s Series in Church History 65. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
- “ Apologia for an Informed Mennonite Citizenry: A Personal Journey.” Conrad Grebel Review 30 (2012): 286-98.
- “Limits of Faith in a Maritime Empire: Mennonites, Trade and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age” in The Limits of Empire: European Imperial Formations in Early Modern World History, edited by Antonio Andrade and William Reger, pp. 59-77. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2012. (festschrift for Geoffrey Parker).
- Book Review of Huebert Hecht, Linda A. Women in Early Austrian Anabaptism: Their Days, Their Stories in Mennonite Quarterly Review 85 (2011): 325-27.
- “Keeney, William E.” Article for new German Mennonite Encyclopedia (Mennonitische Lexikon), vol. 5: Part I: People (in press). See online at: http://www.mennlex.de/doku.php?id=art:keeney_williame
- Co-author with Keith L. Sprunger. “The Church in the Bakehouse: John Smyth’s English Anabaptist Congregation at Amsterdam, 1609-1660.” Mennonite Quarterly Review 85 (2011): 219-258.
- “Limits of Faith in a Maritime Empire: Mennonites, Trade and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age.” Will appear as chapter in Geoffrey Parker festschrift.
- “Why the Rich Got Mennonite: Church Membership, Status and Wealth in Golden Age Amsterdam.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 27 (2009): 41-59.
- “Iemand burgemeester maken. Doopsgezinden en regenten geslachten in de Gouden Eeuw te Amsterdam.” Doopsgezind Bijdragen 32 (2006): 75-121. (“In Bed With the Burgomaster: Mennonites and Regent Family Ties in Golden Age Amsterdam”).
- “Mennonites and Sectarian Poor Relief in Golden-Age Amsterdam.” In The Reformation of Charity: The Secular and the Religious in Early Modern Poor Relief, pp. 137-53. Edited by Thomas Max Safley. Boston and Leiden: Brill, 2003.
- “Mutual Aid Among Dutch Waterlander Mennonites, 1605-1668.” In Building Communities of
Compassion, 144-67. Edited by Willard Swartley and Donald B. Graybill. Scottdale. PA: Herald Press, 1998.
- Co-author with Piet Visser. Menno Simons: Places, Portraits and Progeny. Masthof Press, 1996.
- “Entrepreneurs and Ethics: Mennonite Merchants in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam.” In Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship in Early Modern Times: Merchants and Industrialists within the Orbit of the Dutch Staple Market, 213-21. Edited by C. Lesger and L. Noordegraaf. Hollandse Historische Reeks 24, 1996.
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
- “Merchant, Tailor, Fishwife, Sailor: Mennonite Identity and Community in Golden Age Amsterdam.” University Colloquium, Eastern Mennonite University, September 2011.
- Invited Participant: *"The Allochthonous and Autochtonous Mennonite Community of Golden Age Amsterdam: Internal and Translocal Networks as a Factor in Prosperity," Diasporas as Transloal Societies Workshop/Conference, University of Oldenburg, Germany, 1 September 2011.
- “Mennonites, Capitalism and Modernity: Weber Revisited,” Marginal or Mainstream? Anabaptists, Mennonites and Modernity in European Society, Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, 25 June 2010.
- “The Limits of Faith in a Maritime Empire: Mennonites, Trade and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age,” The Limits of Empire in the Early Modern World: A Conference in Honor of Professor Geoffrey Parker, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 28 February 2009.
- “Why the Rich Got Mennonite: Church Membership, Status and Wealth in Golden Age Amsterdam,” Mennonites and Money: Wealth and Poverty in the Past and Present, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 10 Oct. 2008.
- Invited Participant in Liberty Fund Conference “Religious Dissent and Liberty,” Charleston, SC, 11-14 October 2007.
- “Deaconesses, Fishwives, Crooks and Prophetesses: Women and the Burden of Mennonite Respectability in a Seventeenth-Century Congregation,” International Conference: Myth and Reality of Anabaptist/Mennonite Women, ca 1525-1900, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 31 August 2008.
- “Why the Rich Got Mennonite: New Findings on Membership, Status and Wealth among Early Dutch Mennonites,” Anabaptist Colloquium, Harrisonburg, VA, 8 April 2006.
- “In Bed With the Burgomaster: Mennonites and Political Influence in Golden-Age Amsterdam,” Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA, 21 October 2005.
Church, Community and Professional Service
- Logistics Coordinator and Program Committee, Crossing the Line: Women of Anabaptist Traditions Encounter Borders and Boundaries (22-25 June 2017).
- Consultant on new Mennonite History textbook (ongoing: attended meeting at Conrad Grebel College, Waterloo, Ont., Nov. 2015).
- Film Interview, This Changed Everything: 500 years of the Reformation, produced by Christian History Institute (currently in production).
- Sermon, Peace Mennonite Church, Dallas, TX (7 June 2015).
- “Can Good Christians Be Good Capitalists? Early Mennonites and the Spirit of Capitalism.” EMU Flash Seminar (4 Feb. 2015).
- “Anabaptist History and Beliefs,” presentation at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center, 12 Aug. 2014.
- Taught English and gave lectures on American history and culture at China West Normal University, Nanchong, Sichuan Province, Spring 2011.
- Co-Organizer of Conference, Marginal or Mainstream? Anabaptists, Mennonites and Modernity in European Society, Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, 25-26 June 2010 (www.bethelks.edu/MennosandModernity).
- “The German Church and the Nazi State,” A Voice in the Whirlwind: A Centennial Celebration of the Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Massanutten Presbyterian Church, Penn Laird, VA, 25 March 2006.
Honors, Awards and Grants
Selected as one of 30 scholars nationally to attend the seminar “Homer Across the Curriculum: The Iliad” at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington D.C. (July 10-14, 2006).
American Historical Association
Mennonite Historical Society
Doopsgezinde Historische Kring
Faculty Workload Task Force
Committee on Teacher Education