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Richard Raiswell

Meet Dr. Richard Raiswell, History Professor and member of the Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture program's Steering Committee

Dr. Richard Raiswell teaches courses in medieval and early modern European history, including courses on pre-modern intellectual history, witchcraft and the occult, and Europe’s relations with Asia and Africa.

Dr. Raiswell is also a faculty member on the Steering Committee for the UPEI Program for Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture. To this program he brings a passion for teaching, as well as his experience as a former political commentator for CBC radio. He believes that employers should seek students with an Arts background for their strong critical and analytical skills. He is invested in this programme because it melds these skills with applied training, thus helping students position themselves for the job market.

His research interests include European perceptions of India in the early modern period, the history of geography, and the devil and demonism in premodern intellectual culture. Recent publications include: Knowing Demons, Knowing Spirits (with Michelle Brock & David Winter), 2018 and Evidence in the Age of the New Sciences (with James Lancaster), 2018, "Edward Terry and the Calvinist Geography of India," Études anglaises: Revue du monde anglophone (2017) and The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe, (with Peter Dendle), 2013. He is founding co-editor of the journal Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies of the Preternatural, a member of the Executive Committee for Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World.

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