Dr. Marc Baer

Interim Dean for the Arts and Humanities
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Dr. Marc Baer specializes in modern British history. His regular courses include:

  • British and Irish History to 1700
  • British and Irish History Since 1700
  • Modern Imperialism
  • History Workshop
  • History Seminar
  • Introduction to Modern European History
  • Senior Seminar (Exploring Faith and Calling)

In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Baer helps organize the Hope College Veritas Forum and was the founding director of the College's Pew Society (now named Kleisis), which equips Hope students to consider and prepare for graduate school and university teaching careers. He chairs the Department of History.

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Dr. Baer's research focuses on the cultural, social and political history of Britain — especially London — since the late 18th century, and on Christianity in modern Britain.

His first book, Theatre and Disorder in Late Georgian London (Oxford University Press, 1992), uses the longest-running theatre riot in British history to unpack the relationship between theatrical and political cultures.

His second book, The Rise and Fall of Radical Westminster 1780-1890 (PalgraveMacmillan, 2012), is a cultural and political study of the West End of London between the French Revolution and World War I.

His third book, Mere Believers: How Eight Faithful Lives Changed the Course of History (Wipf and Stock, 2013), represents the first of two projected books on major Christian figures in Britain c. 1750-1950.


  • Ph.D., history, University of Iowa, 1976
  • B.S., history, Iowa State University, 1967


  • Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award (2014)
  • Mellon Foundation Scholars Program Mentoring Award (2014)
  • Vanderbush-Weller Award (2001)


  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • American Philosophical Society
  • Newberry Library
  • University of Chicago
  • Michigan Council for the Humanities

Published Work

  • Mere Believers: How Eight Faithful Lives Changed the Course of History, Wipf and Stock, 2013
  • “Should Students be Encouraged to Pursue Graduate Education in the Humanities?” Journal of Markets & Morality 15, Fall 2012
  • The Rise and Fall of Radical Westminster, 1780-1890, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
  • King George III (1738-1820),” Encyclopedia Virginia, 2011
  • Mentoring,” Emerging Scholars Review, 1.3, February 2009
  • Student Online Learning Center to accompany R. R. Palmer, Joel Colton and Lloyd Kramer, A History of the Modern World, 10th ed. (2006) and 9th ed. (2002)
  • Theatre and Disorder in Late Georgian London, Oxford University Press, 1992
  • “From ‘first constituency of the empire’ to ‘citadel of reaction’: Westminster, 1800–1890,” in London Politics, 1760-1914, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
  • “Political Dinners in Whig, Radical and Tory Westminster, 1780-1880,” in Partisan Politics, Principle and Reform in Parliament and the Constituencies, 1689-1880, Edinburgh University Press, 2005
  • “Sir Francis Burdett,” in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
  • “The Ruin of a Public Man,” in Sheridan Studies, Cambridge University Press, 1995
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Dr. Marc Baer

Phone Number616.395.7747

Lubbers Hall Room 124A 126 East 10th Street Holland, MI 49423