Ulrich L. Lehner (Dr. theol., University of Regensburg 2005; Dr. phil. habil. (History), CEU Budapest, 2015), specializes in the study of Religious History and Historical Theology from the late 15th to the early 19th century, especially the so called Catholic Reformation/Catholic Reform. Dr. Lehner is an internationally recognized expert of Early Modern Religious History and Theology. He was Member/Herodotus Fellow of the Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies, School of Historical Studies (2009), inaugural fellow of the Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Study/University (2010), fellow of the International Research Center for Comparative History of Religious Orders, Germany (2008), and research fellow of the Earhart Foundation (2013). He was also a member of the Andrew Mellon Research Group (History) “Religion Across the Disciplines” of the University of Notre Dame (2011-2012). In 2013 he was elected a member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, category “World Religions.”
Lehner has written four books, Historia Magistra. Beiträge zur Archivgeschichte des Kollegiatstifts Straubing (Nordhausen: Bautz, 2003), Kant’s Concept of Providence (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2007), and most recently Enlightened Monks. The German Benedictines, 1740-1803 (Oxford University Press: 2011; paperback: 2013), and Monastic Prisons and Torture Chambers. Crime and Punishment in European Monasteries, 1600-1800 (Eugene/OR: Cascade Books, 2013). Enlightened Monks was awarded the 2012 Gilmary Shea Award of the American Catholic Historical Association for the "most distinguished and original" book on the history of the Catholic Church published in 2010/11. He is currently finishing a book on “Catholic Reform. A Global History, 1740-1800”.
Lehner works currently on three book projects, namely a history of Catholic women in the Age of Enlightenment, a handbook on women spiritualities in the Enlightenment, and a book on Catholicism and Nazi-ideology.
Together with Jeffrey Burson he has co-edited a collection of 25 essays on the diverse intellectual landscape of Catholic Enlightenment, Enlightenment in Catholic Europe. A Transnational History (University of Notre Dame Press: 2014).
He is the main organizer of the Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800, the first trans-confessional handbook of this crucial phase of Christian theology (online 2013; in print: 2014/15), which he coedits with Richard Muller and A.G. Roeber.
He co-edited three books, with Ronald K. Tacelli, Kant, Lonergan und der christliche Glaube (Nordhausen: Bautz, 2005), Kontroverse Theologie (Bonn: Nova et Vetera, 2005), and with Michael Printy Brill's Companion to the Catholic Enlightenment in Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2010; paperback: 2013).
He is the sole editor of eight other books, one on the controversies on grace (Die scholastische Theologie im Zeitalter der Gnadenstreitigkeiten vol. 1 (Nordhausen: Bautz, 2007), on 18th century pietism (Martin Knutzen – Beweis von der Wahrheit der christlichen Religion (Nordhausen: Bautz, 2006)), on late 18th and early 19th century liberal Protestant theology (Religion nach Kant – Texte aus dem Werk des Kantianers Johann Heinrich Tieftrunk (1759-1834) (Nordhausen: Bautz, 2007), on witchcraft and magic (Benedikt Poiger – Theologia Ex-Magica oder: Theologie ohne Hexen und Zauberer (Nordhausen: Bautz, 2007), on Enlightenment ecclesiology and Conciliarism (Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim – Febronius abbreviatus et emendatus (Nordhausen: Bautz, 2008) and Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim – Commentarius in suam retractationem (Nordhausen: Bautz, 2008), and on 18th century conceptions of ecumenism (Beda Mayr - Vertheidigung der katholischen Religion (1789) (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009), and monastic prisons (Klostergericht-und kerker. Nordhausen: Bautz, 2012).
Lehner’s book series “History of Early Modern Religion” has hitherto published 20 volumes.
About 100 reviews of Lehner's books were published in English, American, Italian, French, Spanish and German academic journals and newspapers.Many of his over 25 articles and 100 book reviews have appeared in leading journals (e.g., Archivum Historicum Societatis Jesu, Theological Studies, Pro Ecclesia, Theologie und Philosophie, Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte, History Compass) as well as popular magazines and newspapers (Commonweal, National Catholic Reporter). Furthermore Lehner has published a number of articles in authoritative reference works (e.g., Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century German Philosophers, Oxford Handbook on the Trinity, Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology).