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Faculty: Doug Koopman

Doug KoopmanDouglas Koopman, Professor, Political Science

(616) 526-6706
Office: DeVos Center 273B

Educational Background

After graduating magna cum laude from Hope College in 1979 with a bachelor of arts in mathematics, Professor Koopman moved to Washington, D.C. where he received a Masters of Theological Studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in 1984. He then went on to study at the Catholic University of America, receiving a Master of Arts in American politics in 1988 and a Ph.D. in American politics in 1992.

During his entire time in Washington, D.C., from 1980 to 1995, Koopman worked in the U.S. Congress as a staff person for a variety of individual members of Congress, and congressional committees and leadership offices.

Academic Interests

American Politics, Congress, the Presidency, Parties and Elections, American Political Economy, American Political Thought, Religion and American Politics

Recent Activities

Professor Koopman is particularly interested in combining practical experience in politics with classroom study. In spring 2007, for example, students in his Parties and Elections class formed a political action committee called Y-AGE, Young Americans for Generational Equity. He has also regularly volunteered in partisan and non-partisan local campaigns. Leading Calvin's Henry Semester in Washington, D.C. in spring 2001 and spring 2008, Professor Koopman shared in experiences similar to those of his students, doing his own "internships" each time, on Capitol Hill and within the executive branch, respectively.

Other Information

Professor Koopman’s latest book is Religion and American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives , a cooperative effort with Amy Black and Larycia Hawkins, two Wheaton College professors, which was published in late summer 2010.

Published in November 2008 Professor Koopman co-wrote the book Pews, Prayers, and Participation: Religion and Civic Responsibility (with James Penning, Stephen Monsma, Corwin Smidt, and Kevin Den Dulk).

Listen to a lecture given in spring 2007 called “Practicing A Politics of Repentance: Authentic Christian Politics After an Age of Arrogance."


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