Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Associate Professor,
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.
Prof. Du Mez received a 2010-2011 Louisville Sabbatical Research Grant to complete work on her book The Forgotten Women's Bible, on the life and theology of Katharine Bushnell and contracted with Westminster John Knox. Related to this book are two articles: “Leaving Eden: Resurrecting the Work of Katharine Bushnell and Lee Anna Starr,” in Breaking Boundaries: Female Biblical Interpreters who Challenged the Status Quo (T&T Clark, 2010) and "Reorienting American Religious History in the Age of Global Christianity: The Case of Katharine Bushnell," in American Evangelicalism: George Marsden and the Shape of American Religious History (forthcoming, University of Notre Dame Press).
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.
Life outside of Calvin College
"Lately I've enjoyed spending time in England doing research and a trip to Switzerland to present some of that research. Closer to home, my hobbies include reintroducing native plants to our urban acreage and learning all sorts of fascinating things from my two kids (ages 6 and 4)."
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.