Michael R. Lynn, Ph.D.

Interim Department Chair of English and World Languages & Interim Department Chair of History, Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Professor of History

Michael Lynn


Michael Lynn is a professor of History in the Department of History and Philosophy. His research and teaching focus on the social and cultural history of Europe, especially between 1400 and 1800.

Research Overview

Lynn’s research analyzes the relationship between science and magic in seventeenth and eighteenth-century France. He has published articles on chiromancy (palm reading) and spontaneous human combustion and is working on the history of tarot cards, vampirism and ventriloquism.

Select Publications

Popular Science and Public Opinion in Eighteenth-Century France (2006)

The Sublime Invention: Ballooning in Europe, 1783-1820 (2010)

The Curious Science: Chiromancy in Early Modern France, Magic, Ritual and Religion 13 (2018): 447-480.

Teaching Focus

Lynn teaches introductory classes in European History, as well as upper level classes on religion, magic and witchcraft; the renaissance and reformation; the enlightenment and the French revolution; the history of science and the history of human rights.

Michael Lynn


(219) 785-5380


Office Location:

Hammond, CLO 217A


  • Ph.D. – History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A. – History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A., B.S. – History and Mathematics, Pacific Lutheran University

Areas of Expertise

  • Early Modern Europe.
  • 1400-1800 Early Modern France
  • 1400-1800 History of Science Enlightenment Social and Cultural History