David Leinweber

Associate Professor of History

In 1993, Dr. Leinweber accepted a position as Assistant Professor of European History at Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford, Georgia. In May, 1999, David was promoted to Associate Professor of History and granted tenure.

His teaching assignments have included courses on ancient, medieval, and modern Western Civilization. Dr. Leinweber has presented many papers at professional conferences. He has published several major essays. In recent years he has enjoyed writing professionally for library and reference materials.  He recently penned the biographical entry on Martin Luther for the Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation (Rowman/Littlefield), as well as major entries on The Reformation in France and The Northern Renaissance.  He also also written on the history of education, western architecture, and the fine arts.  He has served as a reviewer for many college history textbooks, as well as a reviewer in professional journals.  His writing has been featured in the entries of numerous professional reference works focusing on the history of education, and Western Culture.  He has travelled extensively in Europe, benefitting enormously from his visits to some of the most beautiful and storied sites in the world.  

In recent years, Leinweber has been invited to attend Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremonies at Emory as a 'favorite professor' on numerous occasions.  In 1995, Leinweber received the Sammy Clark Service Award from the Student Government Association at Oxford and the Mizell Award for Superior Performance in Furthering the Education of Students. In 1996, The Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church presented him with the Exemplary Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching at a United Methodist Affiliated Institution. In 1998 and 2000 he was named to Who's Who Among American Teachers and also received the Outstanding Young American Award. He received the Outstanding Young Leader Alumni Award from his alma mater, Spring Arbor College, in June of 1999.

Leinweber earned his BA degree from Spring Arbor College, graduating with honors in 1987. Subsequently, he continued his education at Michigan State University, earning an MA in 1989 and a Ph.D. in 1992. Leinweber is also active in the Oxford community.  He has played the piano at services in local churches for many years, and other civic and community groups.  He played the piano for the College production of The Fantasticks. He leads the Oxford College Guitar and Mandolin Society, a group performing for various college and community functions. He enjoys studying languages.  He and his wife Mary are the proud parents of two sons. The Leinweber family resides in Oxford.


BA| Spring Arbor College| 1987

MA| Michigan State University| 1989

PhD| Michigan State University| 1992

Courses Taught

HST 101: Western Civilization through the Reformation

HST 102: Western Civilization from the Reformaiton

HST 328: History of the Christian Church

HST 309: The Revolutionary Era, 1789-1848

HST 322: Europe from 1500-1700

HST 325: Mythic Kings


Mizell Teaching Award

Exemplarary Award in Teaching, award given by the Board of Higher Education of The United Methodist Church

'Favorite Professor' honor, Emory University, Atlanta campus

Outstanding Young Leader Award, Spring Arbor College Alumnus

Research Interests

Saints and Folklore

Music and the Fine Arts

The History of Education