Dr Matthew McLean

Dr Matthew McLean


Researcher profile

St John's House
Office hours
MO1007 Thursday 1pm to 2pm, MO3029 Tuesday 2pm to 3pm, or by appointment. On leave semester 2.


Research areas

Teaching and Research Interests

The heart of my research is the scholarly culture of the late Renaissance and early Reformation era.  I worked first of all on humanism and international humanist networks centred upon Reformed Basel, and studied works of cosmography as expressions of early modern history writing, geography and cartography, with a focus upon the intersection between traditional knowledge, scientific enquiry and religion. 

More recently I have worked on Bible scholarship and the culture of translation among those same networks of humanist scholars, and the remarkable body of learning which they produced.  I am working on a study of the new Reformed Latin translations of the Bible in the sixteenth century, each of which speaks to a particular moment of religious, cultural or political crisis.

My teaching covers aspects of European history, chiefly the intellectual and social developments of the northern Renaissance and the Reformation.

PhD supervision

  • Sukwoo Choi

Selected publications


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