Abraham Friesen, PhD


  • Stanford University, MA and PhD
  • University of Manitoba, Canada, BA

Teaching Career

  • Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Professor and renowned historian at University of California, Santa Barbara for more than 40 years
  • Lectured at Westmont College, Pacific College, Stanford University, Pepperdine University, Mennonite Brethren Seminary, Regent College, the University of Winnipeg, and the Biblical Seminary in Bonn, Germany

Other Career Highlights

  • Preacher at churches throughout North America
  • Service at the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies and on the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Sixteenth Century Journal, Journal of Mennonite Studies, and Mennonite Quarterly Studies
  • Member of several professional organizations, including The Society for Reformation Research, The Center for Mennonite Studies, and The American Society for Church History
  • Fellow for The Institute of European History
  • Considered an expert in the works of Thomas Müntzer


  • Numerous journal articles for a wide range of publications including Church History,the Journal of American Academy of Religion, and The Messenger, with several articles translated and published in languages across Europe
  • Author of numerous books, including Reformation and UtopiaThomas Müntzer, a Destroyer of the Godless, In Defense of Privilege: Russian Mennonites and the State Before and During World War I, and History and Renewal in the Anabaptist/Mennonite Tradition