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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, was published by 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 a historical walking tour of beer in Grand Rapids.

Upcoming talks

Prof. Du Mez will be giving a number of talks this year based on her recent book and her current research:

  • "Hillary Clinton’s Faith and the Place of Progressive Christianity in American Public Life"
    October 29-31
    Iowa Conference on Presidential Politics (Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA)
  • "The Crime Is the Fruit of the Theology: Sexual Purity, Christian Patriarchy, and the First Wave of Global Anti-Trafficking Activism "
    Wednesday, November 4, 7:00pm
    Hope College, Fried-Hemenway Auditorium (Holland, MI)
  • "Purity, Patriarchy, and the First Wave of Christian Anti-Trafficking Activism"
    Wednesday, November 11, 3:30pm
    Calvin College Sexuality Series, Alumni Board Room (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • "Methodist Women and Progressive Christianity: From Katharine Bushnell to Hillary Clinton"
    Thursday, March 10, 6:00pm
    Park Ridge United Methodist Church (Park Ridge, IL)

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."

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: