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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 late-19th and 20th-century U.S. history, specifically gender, religion, and foreign policy, and the intersections between Christianity and feminism.

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

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

Recent activities

Prof. Du Mez's book, A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism, will be out with Oxford University Press in May, 2015. The book traces the remarkable life and innovative theology of Katharine Bushnell (1855-1946), an intrepid social reformer and anti-trafficking activist.  

Her next research project, The Religious Education of Hillary Clinton, examines Clinton's Methodist faith, and brings to light the often hidden influences of progressive Christianity on American politics and society. 

Prof. Du Mez enjoys teaching courses in US social and cultural history, and for the past two years her students have worked on developing historical walking tours for the GR Walks app. Thus far topics have included an East Grand Rapids walking tour of Ramona Park, a downtown Grand Rapids historical river walk, and this semester her students are hard at work on a historical walking tour of beer in Grand Rapids

Life outside of Calvin College

"I've enjoyed work-related travel recently to Switzerland, London, Wales, and Scotland--not bad for an Americanist. Closer to home, my hobbies include reintroducing native plants to our urban acreage, trying (and often failing) at gardening, and spending time with my three kids (ages 8, 6, and 1).

Other information

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

Read Kristin Du Mez's posts on Historical Horizons, the history department blog. Other recent blog posts by Prof. Du Mez include include: