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Faculty: Daniel Bays

Daniel Bays, Professor,
History Emeritus          

Educational/Professional Background
Professor Bays graduated from Stanford University with a BA in History in 1964.  He completed his MA in Far Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan in 1967 and went on to receive his Ph.D. in History in 1971.  Professor Bays has held many appointments in his career.  He was on the faculty of the University of Kansas from 1971-1999, where he was professor of History, served as the Director of the Center for East Asian Studies from 1982-1986, and was chair of the History Department from 1989-1993 and 1996-1999.  Professor Bays has held an NEH fellowship (1973), two Fulbright-Hays research grants to Taiwan (1977-78 and 1984-85), and a National Academy of Sciences grant for research in China (1986).  He has been teaching at Calvin College since 200o as a professor of History.  Dr. Bays served as project director for Calvin’s $804,000 grant for Asian Studies from the Freeman Foundation and is now project director for Calvin’s $500,000 NEH Challenge grant in addition to being the director of the Calvin Hubers Asian Studies Program. 

Academic Interests/Areas of Specialization
Dr. Bays has served as the director of several major institutional grants.  He organizes conferences, presents papers and has been commentator on papers at over 40 academic conferences and has given over 80 public talks on China during the last 35 years.  He travels to China frequently, where he works with Chinese colleagues on the history of the Christian church and Christian movements in China. In June 2009 he received an award from Hong Kong scholars for contribution to the field of Christian studies in China.

Recent Activities/Publications
Professor Bays major publications include China Enters the 20th Century (U. of Michigan Press, 1978) and Christianity in China:  the 18th Century to the Present (ed., Stanford U. Press, 1996).  He is the co-author of The Foreign Missionary Enterprise at Home (Alabama, 2003), and of China’s Christian Colleges:  Cross-Cultural Connections, 1900-1950 (Stanford, 2009).  He has also written over 20 chapters and articles for refereed presses and journals.  Dr. Bays has been an external examiner for dissertations at several universities, including Duke U. Divinity School, Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of London.  He also serves on the editorial board of several scholarly journals.

Professor Bays loves John le Carre novels.  He also is an avid golfer, but doesn’t get as much opportunity to play as he would like.

History 245 and 246 - East Asia to 1800
History 272 - The Korean War
History 346 - Modern China
History 371 - Asia and the Pacific 1850-today
History 394 - Seminar on East Asian Topics