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Who teaches history
at Hope College?

History faculty members bring varied backgrounds to their teaching. Some hold degrees in other areas, such as law, architecture, or the ministry. All have sustained their research interests through work in the geographical areas of their specialties, whether in the field or in archives or records offices. Extended stays in Argentina, Britain, China, France, Kenya, and Germany help to assure both currency in scholarship and vitality in the classroom. Books and articles published by the History faculty are used as texts in colleges across the country, cited for their importance in studies by other scholars, or have won national awards.

Marc B. Baer
Chair of the Department

  • British and Irish History
  • Modern Imperialism
  • Christianity and History

Habeeb Awad
International Student Advisor

  • Model Arab League

Albert A. Bell, Jr.

  • Roman Empire
  • New Testament Backgrounds
Janis Gibbs

Janis M. Gibbs
Associate Professor

  • Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Europe
  • Classical and Medieval
    Middle East
Jonathan Hagood

Jonathan Hagood
Associate Professor

  • Latin American History
  • History of Science and Medicine
  • World History

Lauren Janes
Assistant Professor

  • World Civilizations I and II
  • Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa
  • The Making of Modern Africa
Fred Johnson

Fred L. Johnson III
Associate Professor

  • 19th and 20th Century U.S. History
  • The Civil War
  • Military History
  • The History of U.S. Foreign Policy
Jeanne Petit
  • Post-Civil War United States History
  • United States Social and Cultural History
  • Women’s History
  • Immigration History

Gloria Tseng
Associate Professor
  • Late Modern Europe
  • Modern France
  • Modern China
  • Christianity in China
Robert Swierenga

Robert P. Swierenga
Adjunct Professor

A.C. Van Raalte Research Professor, Van Raalte Institute



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