Carnegie Mellon University

Allyson Creasman

Allyson F. Creasman

Associate Professor & Associate Head, History


Dr. Creasman’s research interests focus on religious reform and confessional relations, as well as issues of social discipline and criminality, in the early modern German cities. Her most recent book, Censorship and Civic Order in Reformation Germany, 1517-1648: “Printed Poison and Evil Talk” (Ashgate, 2012) explores the impact of the censorship of print and oral culture on the formation of public opinion and the construction of civic and religious identity in Germany’s “long Reformation” (c. 1520-1650). She is currently researching a book on slander and defamation in the German imperial cities during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Dr. Creasman earned her Ph.D and M.A. in history at the University of Virginia, and she was the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to Germany in 1998-2000. Before turning to history, she practiced law in Florida, having earned her B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida. In addition to Censorship and Civic Order, other publications include “‘Lies as Truth’” – Policing Print and Oral Culture in the Early Modern City,” in Ideas and Cultural Margins in Early Modern Germany, ed. Marjorie E. Plummer and Robin Barnes (Ashgate, 2009), “Side-Stepping the Censors: the Clandestine Trade in Prohibited Texts in Early Modern Augsburg,” in Shell Games: Scams, Frauds and Deceits in Late-Medieval and Early Modern Cultures (Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2004), and “The Virgin Mary Against the Jews: Anti-Jewish Polemic in the Pilgrimage to the Schöne Maria of Regensburg, 1519-1525,” Sixteenth Century Journal 33(4): 965-83 (Winter 2002).


Ph.D.: University of Virginia, 2002

Courses Taught

  • Christendom Divided: The Protestant and Catholic Reformations, 1450-1650
  • Historical Evidence and Interpretation
  • Family, Gender, and Sexuality in European History, 500-1800
  • Development of European Culture
  • Law and Disorder in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1800
  • Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-1750
  • Method & Theory in Historical Studies

Department Member Since: 2005