Andrew Drenas is a Visiting Lecturer in the History Department at UMass Lowell.

Andrew Drenas, D.Phil.

Visiting Lecturer

Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Dugan Hall - 106


The Reformation, History of Christianity, and World Civilization


  • Ph D: History, (2015), University of Oxford, St Edmund Hall - Oxford, United Kingdom
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: The standard-bearer of the Roman Church : Lorenzo da Brindisi (1559-1619) and Capuchin missions in the Holy Roman Empire
  • MA: Church History, (2007), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - South Hamilton, Massachusetts
  • BA: History, (2005), University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Supporting Area: Art History (minor)

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Award for Excellence in Teaching (2014), Teaching - Division of Online and Continuing Education, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Erasmus Exchange Student (2011) - University of Padua, Italy, during my doctoral program at Oxford
  • Certificate of Excellence in History (2005) - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • National Academic Honor Society for Freshmen (Alpha Lambda Delta) (2002)

Selected Publications

  • Drenas, A. (2018). The Standard-bearer of the Roman Church: Lawrence of Brindisi and Capuchin Missions in the Holy Roman Empire (1599-1613). Catholic University of America Press
  • Drenas, A. (2017). A ‘Spiritual War of Words’: Lorenzo da Brindisi (1559-1619) and Capuchin Polemical Preaching in Early Modern Prague. The Catholic Historical Review, 103(1) 50-72.
  • Drenas, A. (2017). Review of "A Companion to Colette of Corbie" (70:3). Renaissance Quarterly
  • Drenas, A. (2017). Review of "Il riformatore dimenticato: Egidio Foscarari tra Inquisizione, concilio e governo pastorale (1512-1564)". H-Italy
  • Drenas, A. (2017). Review of "L’eresia di un umanista: Celio Secondo Curione nell’Europa del Cinquecento" . H-Italy
  • Drenas, A. (2015). Lorenzo da Brindisi’s Commentariolum de rebus Austriae et Bohemiae: An Introduction to, and Translation of, the Document in English. Collectanea franciscana, (fasc. 3-4) 595-629.
  • Drenas, A. (2015). Review of "A Companion to John of Ruusbroec" (46:1 pp. 148-150). The Sixteenth Century Journal

Selected Presentations

  • Fratelli, ostinati’: Lorenzo da Brindisi (1559-1619) and Early Modern Capuchin Outreach to Jews, April 2017 - Chicago
  • ‘Spiritual Reinforcements’: Lorenzo da Brindisi (1559-1619) and Capuchin Expansion in Early Modern Bohemia, March 2016
  • The Lutheranismi hypotyposis: Lorenzo da Brindisi (1559-1619) and Capuchin Polemics in Early Modern Bohemia - Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, October 2014 - New Orleans
  • Delayed Sanctity: The Prolonged Beatification Process of Lorenzo da Brindisi (1559-1619), March 2014 - New York City
  • A ‘Spiritual War of Words’: The Preaching and Theological Disputation of Lorenzo da Brindisi (1559-1619) in Early Modern Prague - Renaissance Society of America, April 2013 - San Diego
  • Lorenzo da Brindisi and the Commentariolum: A Capuchin’s Reflections on Missions in the Holy Roman Empire - “Religious Lives Conference,” , May 2012
  • Giotto’s Frescoes for the Arena Chapel: A Biblical Interpretation - Student Research Symposium, 2005
  • Katie Luther: The Woman behind the Protestant Reformation - Student Research Symposium, 2004

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • 2012 Colin Matthew Fund (), Grant - University of Oxford
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  • Isaiah Berlin Fund Bursary (), Grant - University of Oxford
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  • Alumni Scholarship (2004), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
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