Princeton Seminary | Kenneth G. Appold

Kenneth G. Appold

James Hastings Nichols Professor of Reformation History

Kenneth G. Appold
History & Ecumenics
Alexander Hall 14

Phone: 609.497.3664
Fax: 609.497.7829
[email protected]


Kenneth G. Appold is the James Hastings Nichols Professor of Reformation History at Princeton Theological Seminary. Appold earned his BA, MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University, and his Dr.theol.habil. from the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. Prior to coming to Princeton, he served as a research professor at the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, and taught church history at the Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. His areas of interest include the history and legacy of the Reformation, intellectual and cultural history of the early modern period, and the global history of Christianity. He teaches courses on the European Reformation, Church-State relations, and early modern Christianity in Africa and East Asia. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Appold serves on the Lutheran World Federation’s ecumenical dialogue with the Orthodox churches. Author of numerous books and articles on early modern Christianity, his most recent publications include The Cambridge History of Reformation-Era Theology (co-edited with Nelson H. Minnich; Cambridge 2024), and Luther and the Peasants: Religion, Ritual and the Revolt of 1525 (forthcoming with Oxford University Press).

Select Publications

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Special Advisor & Founding Director, IJM Institute

Bethany Hoang, Class of 2004

“The rooting of justice in our spiritual formation in Christ requires careful thought and teaching. I was equipped to lead in this way through my time at PTS.”