Dr. Austra Reinis


Religious Studies
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Religious Studies
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



PhD, 2003, Princeton Theological Seminary


  • REL 100 Introduction to Religion
  • REL 340 Christianity
  • REL 750 Basic Issues: History of Judaism and Christianity (Reformation)
  • REL 751 Seminar: History of Judaism and Christianity (Women in the History of Christianity

Research and professional interests

My academic specialization is in the area of the German Reformation.  My first book focused on spiritual care to sick and dying persons in the early years of the Reformation:  Reforming the Art of Dying:  The ars moriendi in the German Reformation (1519-1528) (Aldershot, Great Britain:  Ashgate, 2007).  Currently I am working on various genres of German Lutheran preaching in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries:  Funeral sermons, catechism sermons and sermons on Martin Luther’s Household Table of Duties.

Awards and honors

Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to conduct research on Lutheran sermons at the Institute of European History in Mainz, Germany, March 1, 2011 to May 31, 2011.