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Brennan Pursell, MBA, Ph.D

Brennan Pursell, MBA, Ph.D DeSales University

Dr. Brennan Pursell , MBA, Ph.D
Professor of History
Dooling Hall 257
6102821100 ext. 1226

Brennan Pursell received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. Originally from California, he went to college at Stanford University and obtained his AB in History in 1990. After graduation, he devoted two years to work and travel in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, until he went to Harvard for graduate training in European history, where he received his MA in 1994 and his Ph.D. in 2000. 

For his dissertation he worked in archives in Germany, Austria, Spain, England, and several other European countries. His scholarly articles and book reviews have appeared in History, The Historical JournalThe Sixteenth Century Journal, The Court Historian, German Studies Review, the Royal Historical Society's Camden Fifth Series, the American Historical Review, LOGOS: a Journal of Catholic Thought and CultureCatholic Social Science Review, and other publications. 

His first book, The Winter King: Frederick V of the Palatinate and the Coming of the Thirty Years' War, appeared in 2003. In March 2008, he published Benedict of Bavaria: an Intimate Portrait of the Pope and His Homeland. Promoting this work led to appearances on CNN, EWTN, and other television stations, in addition to 80 radio outlets, and interviews with over a dozen major American newspapers. In 2011, he published two new books: a historical novel, The Spanish Match (Sophia Institute Press), and History in His Hands: A Christian Narrative of Western Civilization (Crossroad Publishing Company).

In 2014 he completed the MBA at DeSales, and his latest research project, Exportmeister: How German Firms Win in World Markets, explores the deep cultural roots of the German business priorities and practices that contribute to Germany’s position as the greatest of all exporting nations relative to its population. The final product will be a multi-media website with presentations, interviews, white papers, a blog and discussion board. 

A member of the DeSales faculty since 2001, he teaches courses in class and online in history, culture, and business.

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