Emeritus Professor, History
Office: Hiemenga Hall 486
B.A., History, Calvin College
M.A., History, Princeton University
Ph.D., History, Princeton University
Research and professional interests
Prof. Diephouse taught modern European history at Calvin for over thirty years. He was previously on the faculty at Rutgers University and has also served as a visiting instructor at Calvin Seminary. His primary area of interest is nineteenth and twentieth century Germany. Much of his research deals with the role of religion in German society and culture; he has published a number of studies on the Protestant churches in twentieth century Germany, including Pastors and Pluralism in Württemberg 1918-1933 (Princeton University Press, 1987).
Prof. Diephouse is currently working on a biography of Theophil Wurm, a leading Protestant churchman during and after the Nazi era. He has been a visiting fellow at the Institute for European History in Mainz, Germany, and has received a variety of research grants, including support from the American Philosophical Society and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.
Life outside of Calvin College
Prof. Diephouse and his wife, Evelyn, a retired pastor, have three grown daughters and two granddaughters. For relaxation he enjoys jogging, hiking, classical music, reading detective novels, and drinking fine tea. He is a member of the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys, enjoys playing the piano and harpsichord, and frequently accompanies the choir at his church.
Prof. Diephouse is a former academic dean and has served the college in several other administrative capacities. He retired from teaching in May 2013.
See a partial list of David Diephouse's publications.