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About Us: Our Faculty

Faculty Distinctives

Professors in Calvin Political Science engage many types of people: our fellow scholars, civic leaders, the church, the general public, and so on.  But of course the most important group is our students. 

In Calvin Political Science, it is not easy to separate how we teach and advise students from our scholarship.  In fact, the ideas and institutions we study as scholars – as well as how we study those ideas and institutions – are a crucial part of what we do both within and outside the classroom.

The goal of integrating teaching and inquiry is perhaps best illustrated in the unusual number of opportunities majors in political science and international relations have to work as mentored research scholars themselves.  In 2013-14 alone, for example, ten political science students were paid research assistants on projects ranging from charter schools to religious persecution, U.S. elections to international adoption.  These opportunities were made possible through Calvin’s McGregor Program, the Henry Institute, and external grants.

One of the reasons we spend a lot of time working with students is to develop skills that matter in their own vocational paths.  And we also work with students to put those skills into practice, thanks in large part to the faculty-led Washington, D.C., and other internship programs.

Faculty are also active in engaging other scholars and the public with their work.  A few examples of recent publications:

It is both a joy and a challenge to think deeply about what it means to live with justice and mercy in our world.  We hope you’ll join us!

Learn More

Learn more about:

  • Kevin den Dulk, political science professor and director of the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Politics and Christianity
  • Becca McBride, political science professor
  • Joel Westra, political
    science professor and pre-law advisor

See more information about each faculty member in the department.