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Daniel Bays Daniel Bays

Emeritus Professor, History

Educational background

B.A., History, Stanford University
M.A., Far Eastern Studies (China), University of Michigan
Ph.D., History, Modern China (minors modern Japan, Russia), University of Michigan

Research and professional interests

Prof. Bay's research interests include modern Chinese politics, society, and thought, including Christianity. He is actively involved in promoting these fields of study and mentoring younger scholars.

Recent activities

In June 2009 in Hong Kong, Prof. Bays received a lifetime recognition award from the society for Christian History in China. Also in the spring of 2009, Stanford University Press published a book that he co-edited with E. Widmer titled Cross-Cultural Connections: China's Christian Colleges, 1900-1950.

A New History of Christianity in China book coverA book entitled A New History of Christianity in China, the product of many years' work, was published in August 2011 by Wiley-Blackwell. This should be the benchmark account of this subject for many years. See Mark Noll's view of the book. See also Calvin News and The Grand Rapids Press.

Life outside of Calvin College

"I love golf, playing or watching. I love our church, Madison Square CRC, fun reading, John Le Carre's novels, and being supportive of my wife Jan's activities as a pianist and vocal coach in the Calvin Music Department."

After his retirement in the fall of 2012, Dan and Jan moved to Kansas City, Missouri.

Other information

Prof. Bays was the director of the Asian Studies Program. He is also on the editorial boards of two journals: The Journal of American-East Asian Relations and the International Bulletin of Missionary Research. Every year he evaluates about half a dozen book and article manuscripts for presses and publishers.

See a partial list of Daniel Bays' publications.