Thomas A. Brady, Jr. studied at the universities of Notre Dame, Columbia, and Chicago. He taught for 23 years at the University of Oregon and 18 years at the University of California, Berkeley, where he held the Peder Sather Chair of History, and as a guest at the University of Arizona and the National University of Ireland at Galway. A specialist in central European history from 1400 to 1800, his principal writings include Ruling Class, Regime, and Reformation at Strasbourg 1520ndash;1555; Turning Swiss: Cities and Empire 1450ndash;1550; Protestant Politics: Jacob Sturm (1489ndash;1555) and The German Reformation; The Politics of the German Reformation; and Communities, Politics, and Reformations in Early Modern Europe. In addition to his PhD from the University of Chicago, Professor Brady holds the PhD honoris causa from the University of Bern, Switzerland. He has held Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Humboldt fellowships and appointments in the Historisches Kolleg at Munich and in the National Humanities Center.