Torrance Kirby is Professor of Ecclesiastical History and, until recently, Director of the McGill Centre for Research on Religion. He has been a member of the Faculty of Religious Studies and an honorary professor at MDTC since 1997. He holds BA and MA degrees in Classics (Greek Philosophy and Literature) and was a Commonwealth Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford University where he received a DPhil degree from the Faculty of Modern History in 1988. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has held Visiting Fellowships at St John’s College, Oxford, New College, University of Edinburgh, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the American Academy in Rome. He has been a member of the Princeton Centre of Theological Inquiry since 1996 and is a life member of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
Recent books include Persuasion and Conversion: Religion, Politics and the Public Sphere in Early Modern England (2013), The Zurich Connection and Tudor Political Theology (2007), and Richard Hooker, Reformer and Platonist (2005). He is also the editor of A Companion to Richard Hooker (2008), Richard Hooker and the English Reformation (2003), and co-editor of A Companion to Peter Martyr Vermigli (2009) and Paul’s Cross and the Culture of Persuasion, 1520-1640 (2014).
Kirby preaches occasionally in the College Chapel and has offered lectures at Diocesan College on the history of the Anglican Tradition and the theology of Richard Hooker, and a course on the spirituality of The Book of Common Prayer (1549 to 1962).