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Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Department Chair

Harley Schreck

Department Chair and Professor of Anthropology | h-schreck@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Schreck is an anthropologist who previously worked with World Vision, an international Christian aid and development agency. He teaches courses in Amsterdam and India and often involves students in his research in Northeast Minneapolis, which looks at urban change and social capital. He is also co-director of the Masters of Arts in Gerontology program at Bethel.


James Hurd

Professor of Anthropology Emeritus | hurd@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1982

Cross-cultural Christianity, Amish and Mennonite culture, sociobiology, Latin America, demography, physical anthropology, concepts of community.

Herb Klem

Associate Professor Emeritus | hklem@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1980


Claudia May

Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies | clm24736@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Andrew Odubote

Assistant Professor of Sociology | b-odubote@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Crime and criminal justice, delinquency, race, sociology of family, quantitative research methods

Samuel Zalanga

Professor of Sociology | szalanga@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Zalanga’s doctoral fieldwork focused on the comparative role of ruling elite coalitions in development policy formulation and implementation in Malaysia and Nigeria. He specifically studied the process and politics of neoliberal economic reforms and implementation. Zalanga grew up in the northeastern region of Nigeria and brings an international and interdisciplinary perspective to the department.

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