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Kristin Kobes Du MezProf. Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Associate Professor, History

Office: Hiemenga Hall 488

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Educational background

B.A., History and German, Dordt College
Ph.D., American History, specialties in women's history and religious history, University of Notre Dame

Research and professional interests

Prof. Du Mez's research areas include gender and religion in 19th and 20th-century U.S. history, specifically, historical proto-feminist theologies; connections between gender, religion, and foreign policy; and, more recently, gender issues in world Christianity.

She is on the editorial board for Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought.

Recent activities

Prof. Du Mez received a 2010-2011 Louisville Sabbatical Research Grant to complete work on her book A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Problem of Christian Feminism, on the life and theology of Katharine Bushnell. The book is under contract with Oxford University Press, and should be out in 2015. She has also published several related articles and book chapters.

An additional research project concerns gender, militarism, and American Evangelicalism. She presented a paper titled "Resurrecting Teddy Roosevelt: Masculinity, Imperialism, and Contemporary Evangelical Heroes” at the National Women's Studies Association in the fall of 2009 and gave an invited talk on “Masculinity, Militarism, and Modern American Evangelicalism," for Calvin College’s Paul Henry Institute in the Spring of 2011.

After a sabbatical leave in spring of 2013, Prof. Du Mez is looking forward to returning in the fall for a new year of teaching at the college and Calvin Seminary. She is enjoying gathering new recipes for her new DCM course, "Cooking and Eating in American History," which will be offered in spring of 2014.

Life outside of Calvin College

"Much of my recent travel has been related to my research: spending a month digging into archives in London with a nice side trip to Wales, and traveling to Switzerland to present some of that research. Closer to home, my hobbies include reintroducing native plants to our urban acreage, trying (and often failing) at gardening, and learning all sorts of things from my three kids (ages 7, 5, and just born).

Other information

Prof. Du Mez is a member of Gender Studies committee. She has served as a Calvin College Teaching Fellow.

See a partial list of Kristin Du Mez's publications.

Read Kristin Du Mez's posts on Historical Horizons, the history department blog.