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Faculty: Robert DeVries

robert devriesRobert DeVries, Professor, Emeritus
Political Science

Office: DeVos Center 273C

Educational Background

Professor DeVries received his Bachelor of Arts in history from Calvin College in 1961. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in 1964 and a Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of Michigan. His dissertation topic was “The Formulation of American Policy on the Control Provisions of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.”

He joined Calvin College’s political science faculty in 1969 and in addition to teaching full time here, he taught courses at Hope College and Aquinas College.

Academic Interests

International Politics, International Organizations, American Foreign Policy, African Politics, Terrorism, International Development

Recent Activities

Professor DeVries retired from full-time teaching in 2006, but he continues to teach a number of international relations courses for the Department and a course for the International Development Studies Program.  In the summer of 2008, he taught an International Organizations class at Lithuania Christian College in Klaipeda, Lithuania. He also taught a short course on Islam and Terrorism for the Calvin Academy of Lifelong Learning.


Traveling, reading, gardening, hiking, biking, and “grandfathering”

Additional Information

Professor DeVries directed the Semester in Ghana in 2003 and the Semester in Hungary in 2005, as well as many Interim courses in Europe (East and West), Africa, Central America, and the United Nations in New York City (12 times).

He especially enjoys directing off-campus programs because they help students understand how they can serve in God’s world.

Curriculum vitae (60 KB pdf logo)