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Katherine Elliot van LiereKate van Liere

Professor, History

Office: Hiemenga Hall 484

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Educational background

B.A., History of Ideas, Williams College
M.A., History, Cambridge University
Ph.D., European History, Princeton University

Research and professional interests

Prof. van Liere's interests include early modern European cultural and religious history; Renaissance humanism; history of scholarship; historiography; and the history of Spain. Her current research focuses on the writing of national history and “sacred history” (stories of saints, miracles, and other religious phenomena) in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Spain.

She is co-director of the Rhetoric Across the Curriculum Program at Calvin College.

Recent activities

Prof. Van Liere has edited a collection of articles on Christian history in the Renaissance, Sacred History: Uses of the Christian Past in the Renaissance World, just published by Oxford University Press.

She was on sabbatical leave in Princeton, New Jersey for the 2012-2013 academic year, researching and writing a book on the Spanish historian Ambrosio de Morales and the development of humanist scholarship, Christian thought, and history writing in sixteenth-century Spain.

Life outside of Calvin College

"I keep quite busy combining teaching with raising our two sons and keeping our house in shape. But when I have time, I love to hike, bicycle, backpack, swim, sail, and kayak. I also enjoy music, cooking, corresponding with old friends, practicing foreign languages (especially Spanish and Dutch), and reading."

Other information

Prof. van Liere has also taught Dutch 102 and Spanish 308 at Calvin College. She is also the Honors Program liaison for the History department.

See a partial list of Kate van Liere's publications.

Read Kate van Liere's posts on Historical Horizons, the history department blog.