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Stephen Collins

Professor

Academic Division: History & Society
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Bio

Dr. Collins has taught history at Babson College since 1983 and received the William R. Dill Term Chair in History and Society in 1992. He has also taught at Boston University, Shimer College, and Emory University. A European cultural historian, Dr. Collins has extensive research experience in London at the Institute of Historical Research, British Museum, and Public Records Office. His book, From Divine Cosmos to Sovereign State: An Intellectual History of Consciousness and the Idea of Order in Renaissance England was named an Outstanding Academic book of 1989-1990 by Choice.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Emory University
  • MA, Emory University
  • BA, University of Rochester

Academic Interests

History; Cultural History of the Self; History and Theory; Medieval and Renaissance England

Awards & Honors

  • 2006 - Babson College Senior Term Chair
  • 1992 - William R. Dill Term Chair in History and Society
  • 1990 - Outstanding Academic book of 1989-1990 by Choice
  • 1987 - Faculty Course Release
  • 1986 - American Jewish Committee Award
  • 1985 - Faculty Course Release, Babson College, fall semester
  • 1970 - Graduated with Honors in History , The University of Rochester

Courses

Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • HIS 4603: FROM BISMARCK TO HITLER
  • HSS 2034: MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY (HIS)
  • CVA 2011: INTRODUCTION TO WESTERN CULTURE(HIS)
  • HIS 4604: SEXUALITY AND POWER IN MODERN SOCIETY

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Collins, S.L., Hoopes, J. (1995). Anthony Giddens and Charles Sanders Pierce: A Way Out of the Linguistic Cul deSac. Journal of the History of Ideas(October), 625-650 .
  • Collins, S.L. (1989). Where's the History in the 'New Literary Historicism'? The case of the English Renaissance. Annals of Scholarship, 6(2-3), 231-247.
  • Collins, S.L., Savage, A. (1983). Consciousness, Order and Social Reality: Towards an 'Historical' Integration of the Human Sciences. Humboldt Journal of Social Relations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the Social Sciences, 11(1), 86-102.

Books

  • Collins, S.L. (1989). From Divine Cosmos To Sovereign State: An Intellectual History of Consciousness and the Idea of Order in Renaissance England. New York: Oxford University Press

Book Reviews

  • Collins, S.L. (2013). Review of "The Modernization of the Western World" by John McGrath and Kathleen Callanan Martin. Impact: The Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning, Vol 2, 30-31.
  • Collins, S.L. (2008). Review of The Sciences of Homosexuality in Early Modern Europe. Renaissance Quarterly, Vol LXI, 1353-1355.
  • Collins, S.L. (2006). Review of Swordsmen: The Martial Ethos in the Three Kingdoms. Renaissance Quarterly, Vol LIX, 614-615.
  • Collins, S.L. (2004). Review of The Duel in Early Modern England: Civility, Politeness and Honour. Renaissance Quarterly, Vol LVII, 1136-1138.
  • Collins, S.L. (2002). Review of "Reginald Pole: Prince and Prophet" and "Conformity and Orthodoxy in the English Church, c. 1560-1660" . Renaissance Quarterly, Vol LV, 1102-1106.
  • Collins, S.L. (2000). Review of "The Reformation and the Towns in England: Politics and Political Culture, c. 1540-1640" and "The Country and the City Revisited: England and the Politics of Culture, 1550-1850". Renaissance Quarterly
  • Collins, S.L. (1998). Review of Adapting to Capitalism: Working Women in the English Economy, 1700-1850. The Historian
  • Collins, S.L. (1998). Review of Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. American Historical Review
  • Collins, S.L. (1996). Review of Private Matters and Public Culture in Post Reformation England. American Historical Review
  • Collins, S.L. (1995). Featured review of Arguing Revolution: The Intellectual Left in Postwar France. The Historian
  • Collins, S.L. (1994). Featured review of "The Passion of Michel Foucault" and "The Lives of Michel Foucault: A Biography". AHR, Vol 99
  • Collins, S.L. (1991). Review for Historian of Leopold yon Ranke and the Shaping of the Historical Tradition.
  • Collins, S.L. (1990). Review essay of The New Historicism. Clio, Vol 21, 84 91.

Others

  • Collins, S.L. (2008). The Wealth of Wives: Law & Econ in Late Medieval London
  • Collins, S.L. (2004). “Reason” in Europe 1450-1789. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons

Presentations

  • What is history? What makes a good historian? What is comparative history
    Collins, S. What is history? What makes a good historian? What is comparative history Panel discussion at Sung Historical Thinking Conference, The Bahamas (1997)
  • Dame Julian, Margery Kempe and `Busy Discipline
    Collins, S. Dame Julian, Margery Kempe and `Busy Discipline Medieval-Renaissance Conference, Sarasota, FL (1996)
  • Refashioning Renaissance Self Fashioning
    Collins, S. Refashioning Renaissance Self Fashioning 28th annual conference of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, University of Binghamton (1994)
  • Women Imagining Selves: The Book of Margery Kempe and the Showings of Julian of Norwich
    Collins, S. Women Imagining Selves: The Book of Margery Kempe and the Showings of Julian of Norwich 5th annual conference of Romance Languages and Literatures, "Women, Text, Image" , Univ. of Binghampton (1994)
  • Autobiography and the Construction of Self in Late Medieval England
    Collins, S. Autobiography and the Construction of Self in Late Medieval England "An Interdisciplinary Conference: First Person Singular, 'Autobiography' Past, Present and Future" , Hofstra University (1994)
  • Theater, Theatricality, and Self: At the Boundaries of Meaning in the English Renaissance
    Collins, S. Theater, Theatricality, and Self: At the Boundaries of Meaning in the English Renaissance 27th annual conference of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, Univ. of Binghamton (1993)
  • Self presentation, Role playing and Gender in Julian of Norwich's "Showings"
    Collins, S. Self presentation, Role playing and Gender in Julian of Norwich's "Showings" 26th annual Conference of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, Univ. of Binghamton (1992)
  • Self presentation and Negotiated Identity in The Book of Margery Kempe
    Collins, S. Self presentation and Negotiated Identity in The Book of Margery Kempe Medieval Renaissance Studies Conference, University of South Florida, Sarasota, Florida (1990)
  • Presenting Self, Re presenting Other: Negotiated Identity in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    Collins, S. Presenting Self, Re presenting Other: Negotiated Identity in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Joint Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana (1988)
  • Where's the History in the 'New Literary Historicism'? The Case of the English Renaissance: Identity and Order
    Collins, S. Where's the History in the 'New Literary Historicism'? The Case of the English Renaissance: Identity and Order Medieval Renaissance Studies Conference, University of South Florida. Sarasota, Florida (1988)
  • Tame Treason: Abduction and Adultery in Medieval Romance
    Collins, S. Tame Treason: Abduction and Adultery in Medieval Romance Babson College Colloquium, Wellesley, MA (1986)
  • Identity and Ideology: Meaning Production and Medieval Romance, An Essay in Historical Sociology
    Collins, S. Identity and Ideology: Meaning Production and Medieval Romance, An Essay in Historical Sociology Medieval Renaissance Studies Conference, University of South Florida, Sarasota, Florida (1986)
  • Formalizing Marriage and the Ideology of Romance in Twelfth Century French Aristocratic Society: A Cultural Analysis of Medieval Experience
    Collins, S. Formalizing Marriage and the Ideology of Romance in Twelfth Century French Aristocratic Society: A Cultural Analysis of Medieval Experience Association for Integrative Studies Conference, Richmond, Kentucky (1985)
  • Introducing Modes of Thought Through Cluster Courses: Texts and Contexts for a Liberal Arts Curriculum in a Professional College
    Collins, S. Introducing Modes of Thought Through Cluster Courses: Texts and Contexts for a Liberal Arts Curriculum in a Professional College Association for Integrative Studies Conference, Richmond, Kentucky (1985)
  • Consciousness, Self Consciousness and Order: Meaning Redefinition in Shakespeare
    Collins, S. Consciousness, Self Consciousness and Order: Meaning Redefinition in Shakespeare Medieval Renaissance Studies Conference, University of South Florida, Sarasota, Florida (1984)
  • Consciousness, Order and Social Reality: Towards an Integration of the Human Sciences
    Collins, S., Savage, A. Consciousness, Order and Social Reality: Towards an Integration of the Human Sciences Association for Integrative Studies Conference, Washington, D.C. (1980)
  • Teaching Interdisciplinary Social Science within the Context of a History of Western Civilization
    Collins, S. Teaching Interdisciplinary Social Science within the Context of a History of Western Civilization Conference of Interdisciplinary Social Scientists, Miami, Ohio (1979)