Skip to Navigation | Skip to Content


Bruce BerglundBruce Berglund in the Bird's Eye Olympic Stadium

Associate Professor, History
Director, Honors Program

Office: Hiemenga Hall 482

Weekly Schedule
(Portal login required)

Educational background

B.A., History, University of Minnesota
Ph.D., East European and Russian History, University of Kansas

Research and professional interests

As an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, Professor Berglund studied different countries of the communist world: the Soviet Union, the East European states, and China. When he entered his graduate program at the University of Kansas, he chose to do his primary work in East European and Russian history and a secondary field in Chinese history. While his research work has focused on Eastern Europe, taking him to the Czech Republic and the former Yugoslavia, he has always included content on China and East Asia in the courses that he’s taught. Beginning in 2012, he took over teaching classes focusing on modern China and East Asia.

Professor Berglund is director of the Calvin Honors Program.

Recent activities

Professor Berglund has done research on nationalism, art and architecture, and religion in 20th-century Czechoslovakia and Yugoslovia. He is co-editor of the essay collection Christianity & Modernity in Eastern Europe (Central European University Press, 2010). See the review on H-Net. His current research interest is global sports history. He hosts the weekly podcast New Books in Sports, which has featured episodes on Taiwanese baseball, Japanese sumo, Indian cricket, Scottish soccer, Canadian hockey, and American football.

Life outside of Calvin College

Professor Berglund throws baseballs in his yard, pushes kids on the swing, and rides his bike. He also travels a lot. He’s been to Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Budapest, Cracow, Croatia, Sarajevo, Slovakia, Slovenia, Transylvania, Trieste, Shanghai, and Xi’an. He is host of New Books in Sports, part of the New Books Network.

Other information

See a partial list of Bruce Berglund's publications.

Read Bruce Berglund's posts on Historical Horizons, the history department blog.