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William Van Vugt

Professor, History

Office: Hiemenga Hall 490

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Educational background

B.A., History, Calvin College
M.A., History, Kent State University
Ph.D., Economic History and Political Science, London School of Economics (UK)

Research and professional interests

  • British migration
  • British-American cultural / economic relationship
  • American settlement and development

Recent activities

Prof. Van Vugt's most recent books are British Immigration to the United States, 1776 - 1914, published by Pickering Chatto. These four 4-volumes are a collection and analysis of sources on British migration to the United States.


Life outside of Calvin College

"As a guitarist of traditional British and American music--including bluegrass, Appalachian, and Celtic music--I have played in various bands in Britain and America and have performed for the Royal Geographic Society, the BBC, and French radio, among other cool gigs." Prof. Van Vugt also enjoys scuba diving and down hill skiing.

Other information

See a partial list of William Van Vugt's publications.

Read William Van Vugt's posts on Historical Horizons, the history department blog.