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Ronald WellsRonald Wells

Emeritus Professor, History

Educational background

B.A., Boston University
M.A., Boston University
Ph.D., Boston University

Research and professional interests

Professor Wells taught American, Canadian, British and California history at Calvin for over 30 years. His research and publication interests include: 1) Christianity and History. He was for twelve years editor of Fides et Historia, and is author of History Through the Eyes of Faith (Harper); 2) Trans-Atlantic History. He is co-author of Ulster-American Religion (Notre Dame) and of Alistair Cooke: America Observed (Penguin); 3) California. He has written on Josiah and Cesar Chavez; 4) Peace and Reconciliation, Especially in Northern Ireland. He is the author of People Behind the Peace (Eerdmans) and Hope and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland (Liffey).

Recent activities

Ronald retired from the Calvin history department in 2006. From semi-retirement in east Tennessee, he co-edited, with James D. Bratt, The Best of the Reformed Journal (Eerdmans). His part-time job is director of the Maryville College Symposium on Faith and the Liberal Arts, an annual conference on faith and learning. He is doing research and writing about the history of Maryville College, in collaboration with Gerald Gibson, president emeritus of the college.

Life outside of Calvin College

Ronald is the support crew for his (Calvin grad) wife, Barbara, who is Vice-President and Academic Dean at Maryville College, a Presbyterian school, just south of Knoxville and just north of the Smoky Mountains National Park. They enjoy the mountains, both the view from their deck and walking in them. They also enjoy “the old time music” that originated in those mountains.

See a partial list of Ron Wells's publications.

Read Ron Wells's posts on Historical Horizons, the history department blog.