Michael Driedger is an associate professor of history at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. His teaching duties and interests range widely and include: historiography and research methods; the history of Protestant radicalism; and apocalyptic movements in world history. He has experimented with role-playing as a method of teaching history.
His current project is about the relationship between the Radical Reformation and the Radical Enlightenment in the Netherlands. In particular, he is investigating the activities of dissenting Protestant printers, philosophers, and political activists, with a focus on the 18th century. This project, entitled Mennonite Revolutionaries, is in the process of becoming a website. In the coming years he plans to investigate the role of Dutch dissenters in the early Enlightenment – i.e., up until about 1700.
His broader research interests concern the comparative study of religious minorities and new religious movements around the world from the 15th through the 18th centuries, and the relationship between early modern politics and religion. As a consequence of my collaborative research on Anabaptist Münster, he has begun to look at the cultural and religious dimensions of early modern siege warfare.