Yvonne Petry

Did You Know?

  • Luther College students are eligible for an additional $100,000 in academic awards – in addition to scholarships and bursaries awarded by the U of R.

  • The deadline for academic application is March 15. To book a personalized entrance counselling appointment, contact our Recruitment Office at 1-306-206-2117.

  • Luther College students can sign up for the UR Guarantee program - get a job guaranteed after you graduate.

  • To enroll as a Luther College student, simply fill out the University of Regina application form and select Luther as your campus of choice.

  • Our student residence, The Student Village at Luther College, is a great place for student athletes to call home. The U of R Kinesiology Building is footsteps away with its Olympic size pool, gymnasium, and health centre.

  • Our student residence, The Student Village at Luther College, welcomes residents from ALL post-secondary institutions in Regina. Rooms come with a meal plan, free laundry, free wi-fi, and a great sense of community.

  • Luther College is recognized for its high standards of teaching, focused research, and one-on-one academic advising. We value and protect this heritage of excellence in scholarship, freedom of inquiry, and faithful seeking after truth.

  • Luther College offers Bundles programs that group together first-year students and classes to give you a great start and help ease the transition from high school to university.

Ready to learn more?

Get all the details straight to your inbox!


* indicates required

Yvonne Petry

Dr. Yvonne Petry
LC 202.2

Dr. Yvonne Petry has taught history at Luther College at the University of Regina since 1998. She graduated with an M.A. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1991 and a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba in 1997. Her field is Early Modern European history, with a particular interest in the relationship between magic, religion, and science in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century France. Her current research focuses on the attitudes of early modern French physicians and surgeons towards magic, witchcraft and demonic possession. She regularly presents her work at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, the Southern Association of the History of Medicine and Science and elsewhere. She supervises both masters and honours students in early modern history and teaches at all levels. She was the Assistant Dean of Luther College from 2012 to 2017 and currently holds the position of Academic Dean of Luther College. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan with her husband, Gary Diver. She is an avid fan of opera, the novels of Jane Austen and Scottish country dancing.

Courses Taught

HIST 115 – Issues in European History
HIST 270 – Europe, 1400-1648: Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 271 – Health, Disease and the Body: The History of Medicine in Western Culture
HIST 272 – Gender and the Body in Early Modern Europe
HIST 370 – The European Reformations
HIST 371 – Cultural Identity, Exchange and Conflict in the Early Modern Era
HIST 373 – The European Witch Hunts
HIST 472 – From Magic to Science: The Evolution of Early Modern European Thought

Current Research

  • Preparation of a book on sixteenth-century medicine, entitled Illness and Infection in the Era of the European Witch Hunts.
  • Preparation of an annotated bibliography of the primary and secondary sources related to Guillaume Postel (1510-1581).

Selected Recent Publications

“The Peregrinations of Guillaume Postel: Journey, Religious Syncretism and Prophecy,” Global Reformations. Toronto: Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies [forthcoming].

“Event Series: Luther College, University of Regina” [Reflections on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation] Sixteenth Century Journal 48, no.4 (2017), 1017-1018.

"Vision, Medicine and Magic: Bewitchment and Lovesickness in Jacques Grévin’s Deux Livres des vénins (1568).”In Religion and the Senses in Early Modern Europe. Eds. Wietse de Boer and Christine Göttler. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013. 455-472.

“Many Things Surpass our Knowledge’: An Early Modern Surgeon on Magic, Witchcraft and Demonic Possession.” Social History of Medicine 25 (2012): 47-64.

Gender, Kabbalah and the Catholic Reformation: The Mystical Theology of Guillaume Postel (1510-1581) (Leiden: Brill, 2004).

Webs of Reality: Social Perspectives on Science and Religion, co-authored with William Stahl, Robert Campbell and Gary Diver (Piscatawy, NJ: Rutgers, 2002).


Selected Recent Conference Presentations

“The Peregrinations of Guillaume Postel: Journey, Religious Syncretism and Prophecy,” Global Reformations Conference, Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, Toronto (October, 2017).

“Practicing Medicine in the Context of the European Witch Hunts,” Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, Toronto (June, 2017).

“William Pryor Letchworth and Nineteenth-century Epileptic Care” (co-authored with Dr. Gary Diver), Southern Assocation for the History of Medicine and Science (March, 2016).

“Early Modern Demonic Possession as a Response to Trauma,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico (October, 2013).

“The Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychic Trauma: A Comparative Analysis of Possession and PTSD” (co-authored with Regan Shercliffe, PhD) Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science, Charleston (February, 2013).


Recent Supervision of Graduate and Honours Students

M.A. in History (co-supervised with Dr. John Meehan). Jessica Lohner, “Humanist or Exclusivist? A Critical Analysis of The Commentary of Father Monserrate S.J. on His Journey to the Court of Akbar” (2017).

Honours Paper in History. Conn Randall, “The Beggars of the Sea: Re-examining the Influence of the Sea Beggars during the Dutch Revolt” (2017).

M.A. in History. Katelyn Betker, “Fabricating Gender Identity: Analyzing the Evolution of the Highland Kilt and Tartan” (2016).

Honours Paper in History. Cole Hawkins, “Plague, Fear and Quarantine: The Social Impact of Moral Breakdown in Seventeenth-Century England” (2015).

Honours Paper in History. Laura Hochban, “’A Natural and Necessary Thing’: The Consequences of Martin Luther’s Marriage Reforms on Women in Sixteenth-Century Germany” (2013).

M.A. in History. Melissa Munro, “Studying Female Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century London: A Historiographical Analysis” (2012).

Honours Paper in History. Jill Kergan, “Portentous Propaganda: Interpretations of Monstrous Births in the Early Modern Era” (2010).

M.A. in History. Geoffrey Loken, “Lost Tribes and the Devil’s Army: The Changing Role of Native Americans in the Puritan Imagination” (2009).\

Dr. Petry's personal website: https://topicsinearlymodernhistory.wordpress.com