Kristin Kobes
Du Mez, Ph.D.

Historian / Writer / Speaker

Chair and Professor of History, Calvin University


Kristin Kobes Du Mez a professor of History and Gender Studies at Calvin University. She received a Ph.D. in American Religious History from the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests include the intersection of religion, gender, and sexuality in American history, with a particular focus on women in American Protestantism from the nineteenth century to the present.

Current Appointment

Calvin University

Chair and Professor, Department of History; 2019


Professor of History


Chair, Department of History


Associate Professor of History


Assistant Professor of History

Calvin Theological Seminary

Instructor in the History of Christianity; 2016, 2014

Women in the History of American Christianity


History of the West and the World, 1500-present (HIST 152);

Industrial America, 1877-1945 (HIST 253);

Recent America, 1945-present (HIST 254);

Women and Gender in US History (HIST 256);

American Social and Cultural History (HIST 356);

United States Intellectual and Religious History: The Culture Wars (HIST 353);

Research Seminar (HIST 394);

Genocide in World History (HIST W-10-A);

Developing a Christian Mind (DCM): Cooking and Eating in American

History; Gender Studies Capstone

Previous Teaching Experience

Williams College

Instructor, Women and Religion in American History, 2003

University of Notre Dame

Instructor, Women and War in United States History, 2002


University of Notre Dame

Ph.D. in History, 2004

Dissertation: The Forgotten Woman’s Bible: Katharine Bushnell, Lee Anna Starr, Madeline Southard, and the Construction of a Woman-Centered Protestantism in America, 1870-1930

Dordt College

BA in History and German, 1997

Grants and Awards

2018, 2014Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship Concluding Project Grant
2017Louisville Sabbatical Research Grant ($40,000)
2017, 16, 15, 11Calvin Research Fellowship (CRF)
2015Co-Recipient, Calvin College Collaborative Change Teaching Award
2015Kent County Health Department for the development of GR Walks guided historical walking tours ($3988)
2014—2015Michigan Campus Compact Venture Grant, in collaboration with Calvin College Service Learning ($2900)
2014, 2007Calvin College Alumni Faculty Research Grant
2017, 14, 10, 07Calvin College McGregor Summer Fellowship for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences
2010—2011Louisville Sabbatical Research Grant, “The Forgotten Woman’s Bible” ($40,000)
2007—2008Lilly Faculty Venture Vocational Grant, “Debates over Women in the CRC Oral History Project
2005Schlesinger Library Research Support Grant, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
2003Research Associateship, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, Mt. Holyoke, MA
2003Finalist, Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
1997—2000Presidential Fellowship, University of Notre Dame

Selected Administrative Service

2017Member, Calvin College Honors Core Curriculum Revision Team
2016—2017Chair, Calvin College History Department
2013—2017Faculty Liaison to the Academic Affairs Committee, Calvin College Board of Trustees
2014—2015Member, Calvin College Ad Hoc Core Revision Committee
2013—2015Member, Calvin College Educational Policy Committee
2011—2013Member, Calvin College Core Curriculum Committee
2004—presentCalvin College History Department Committee Service: Curriculum Committee
(Chair); Honors Committee (Chair); Colloquium (Chair); Curriculum and Assessment;
Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, University of Notre Dame History Department

Selected Faculty Development and Leadership

2017—2018Participant, Calvin College Byker Chair Faculty Reading Group, Craig Bartholomew’s Contours of the Kuyperian Tradition: A Systematic Introduction
2014—2018Presenter, Calvin College Faculty Research Workshop
2016—2017Participant, Calvin College Women’s Bible Study
2016Panelist, Citizenship Pedagogy Faculty Development Workshop
2016—2017Participant, Calvin College Byker Chair Faculty Reading Group, Marilyn Robinson’s The Givenness of Things
2009—2012Teaching Fellow, Calvin College
2011—2012Calvin Teaching and Learning Network Coordinator, “Enhancing Student Engagement” Learning Community
2011Presenter, “Student Engagement and Active Learning,” Calvin College Fall Faculty Conference
2011Calvin Teaching and Learning Network Liaison to “Teaching and Learning Cross- Culturally” Working Group
2010—2011Participant, CCCS Faculty Reading Group, “Masculinity in American Christianity: Recent Developments and Conflicting Directions”
2010Participant, Calvin College Faculty Development Workshop, “Presence: The Secret of Great Teaching”
2005—2006Participant, CCCS Faculty Reading Group, “Exploring the Terrain of World Christianity”

Gender Equity and Title IX Training and Leadership

2015—2016Member, Calvin College Safer Spaces Leadership Team
2015Certification, ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator, Level One
2011—2012Member, Calvin College Task Force on Sexual Abuse and Harassment
2012Co-Author, “Family Friendly Benefits at Calvin College,” for the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities “Changing Faces: Changing Opportunities and Campus Climates for Women and Men”
2011Presenter, Calvin College Safer Spaces, Calvin College Fall Faculty Conference
2010Convener, Female Faculty Forum, Calvin College
2005—2010Calvin College Gender Equity Committee

Selected Professional Service

2017—presentProgram Coordinator, Conference on Faith and History, 2020
2017—presentAdvisory Board Member, Dordt College’s in All things (blog)
2013—presentMember, Historical Committee of the Christian Reformed Church
2012—presentMember, Editorial Board, Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought
2016—presentMember, Governing Board of the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics
2016—2017Member, Governing Board of the Nagel Institute for World Christianity
2016Judge, Christianity Today Book Awards, History and Biography
2015Grant Reviewer, Louisville Institute Project Grant for Researchers selection committee
2015External Reviewer, Malone University Departments of History, Philosophy, Social Sciences and Social Work
Member, Program and Arrangements Committee for the Spring 2011 Meeting of the American Society of Church History

Selected Community Service

2016—presentBoard Member, Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council
2016Instructor, “A New Gospel for Women” Calvin Academy of Life-long Learning