Dr. Kelly Smith

Early Modern Europe Lecturer, History


1310 Ben Graves Drive
Morton Hall
Room 219
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Kelly grew up in the Detroit area and attended Eastern Michigan University. She had high hopes about being a scientist and studied astronomy. One day she realized all her books were actually about the history of astronomy and history was her true interest, so she changed course. She ultimately ended up double-majoring in History and Psychology – History, because she liked it and Psychology, because it helped her better understand why people do what they do, which helped her be a better historian.

Kelly likes to study people who are different from her, so she can try and figure out where the differences come from and what similarities remain throughout time. This led her to medieval Europe, because she (both correctly and mistakenly) believed that the medieval world was full of all kinds of wacky stuff. She moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where she earned her master's degree in Medieval History from the University of Cincinnati.

She stayed in Cincinnati to do her Ph.D. and study the Reformation. She was also able to work in her interest in science by writing her dissertation on the relationship between astronomy and astrology in the seventeenth-century German lands. This meant she got to live in Germany for three years where she spent months in archives reading old German almanacs. She had the best time.

Kelly specializes in Early Modern European History, particularly the Reformation and the Scientific Revolution. In her free time, she enjoys cooking because it's like any other hobby except, in the end, she gets to eat what she makes and that's really the best part.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2018
  • M.A., University of Cincinnati, 2003
  • B.S., Eastern Michigan University, 2000


  • Early Modern Europe
  • The Reformation
  • The Scientific Revolution
  • Medieval Europe

Recent Publications

  • "The Science of Astrology: Astronomy and Astrology in Early Modern German Schreibkalender," in Kathryn Edwards, ed. The Science of the Supernatural in Early Modern Europe (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming).

  • "Astrologie und Naturphilosophie in den Kalendern," in Klaus-Dieter Herbst, ed. Astronomie Literatur Volksaufklärung: Der Schreibkalender der Frühen Neuzeit mit seinen Text- und Bildbeigaben (Jena, Germany: Verlag HKD, 2012).

  • "Schreibkalender: Early Modern Conceptualizations of Natural Philosophy," in Klaus-Dieter Herbst, ed. Verzeichnis der Schreibkalender des 17. Jahrhunderts, vol. 1 (Jena, Germany: HKD, 2008).