Chair in History
Fellow (Royal Historical Society)
Professor Naphy received his doctorate (in Reformation History) from the University of St Andrews in 1993. He was appointed a lecturer at the University of Manchester in 1993 and, in 1996, at Aberdeen where he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1999. He was awarded a personal chair in 2007. He is the author of six books with translations into six languages (including an up-coming translation into Bosnian for an NGO raising awareness of homosexuality in Bosnia) as well as numerous edited volumes and articles in scholarly journals .
He has made frequent appearances in the media (Channel 4; Grampian TV; BBC-Scotland; BBC-Radio 4: Start the Week) as a specialist on the history of witchcraft, plague, and sexuality. He contributed extensively to the media in the discussions surrounding the Kirk's position on gay ministers. He is currently historical consultant for Out in the World, a four-part series on the history of sexuality to be broadcast on Radio 3.
He is a leading authority on Calvin's Geneva during the sixteenth century as well as the history of crime and punishment in the early modern period He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and member of the Sixteenth Century Studies Society.
During the course of 2009 and events commemorating Calvin's birth in 1509, Professor Naphy participated in the T. V. Moore endowed lecture series at the San Francisco Theological Seminary along with the Rev. Dr. Setri Nyomi (General Secreary, World Alliance of Reformed Churches). Professor Naphy also delivered a keynote address at the conference on Calvin and his Influence, 1509-2009 (Geneva, 24-27 May).
Calvin, Calvinism, Witchcraft, Plague, Geneva, Crime, Sexuality, Gender, Gay Issues
Professor Naphy is currently working on the production of a two-volume study of sexuality, deviance, and criminality in early modern Geneva. The first volume will concentrate on 'unnatural' sexual activity (as defined by the Genevan courts), while the second volume will look at the wider issue of the control and criminalisation of other forms of sexual activity (for example, fornication and adultery).
Professor Naphy is one of the editors for the Manchester University Press series on Early Modern Europe.
Since October 2009, he has been the Director of Graduate School for the College of Arts and Social Sciences.