Born on a council estate in the industrial West Midlands, Dr David Bagchi won a place to his local grammar school and then to Oxford. He joined the Theology Department at Hull as a church historian in 1989, transferring to the History Department in 2008. His major publications include Luther’s Earliest Opponents: Catholic Controversialists, 1518-25 (2nd ed., 2009), The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology (2004) (co-edited with David C. Steinmetz), and Luther as Heretic (2019) (co-edited with M.P. Graham), in addition to around 40 journal articles and chapters in printed books.
David is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Ecclesiastical History Society, and a Past-President of the Society for Reformation Studies. He has held a HEFCE Promising Researcher Fellowship at Oxford University, and served both as a subject reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency and as a specialist adviser in Church History to the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise 2008. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Reformation and Renaissance Review, the Journal of Baroque Studies, and the journal Reformation.