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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

AnneMarie Kooistra

Department Chair and Professor of History | a-kooistra@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Kooistra's research involves the study of prostitution in Los Angeles from 1880 to 1940. She examines the process by which a handful of men began a systematic domination of the business and the ways in which the prostitution racket drew people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds together.


Chris Gehrz

Professor of History | cgehrz@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Gehrz teaches courses on international, European, and military history, including the department's travel course in Europe on the history of World War I. His current research focuses on the history of Bethel University and Pietist models of Christian higher education.

Charles Goldberg

Assistant Professor of History | c-goldberg@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Roman history and digital humanities

Diana Magnuson

Professor of History | d-magnuson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1994

Magnuson’s primary fields are the United States Census of Population and the history of women in America. She’s also the Director of the History Center, Archives of Bethel University and Converge Worldwide.

Sam Mulberry

Assistant Professor of History | s-mulberry@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Much of Mulberry’s original work centers on media production for both the Christianity and Western Culture program and the Academic Enrichment and Support Center. Currently, he’s focusing on academic podcasting and producing online workshops and training sessions for students.

Amy Poppinga

Assistant Professor of History | a-poppinga@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Poppinga studies the history of Islamic communities in the United States with her current project asking how growing up in a Western, non-Muslim society has impacted young Muslim-Americans' views on marriage. She's also interested in the history of Islamic societies in the Middle East (particularly after the end of colonialism) and the global history of Muslim women.

Ruben Rivera

Associate Professor of History | ruben-rivera@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Rivera is currently revising his book on Alberto Rembao and pioneer Latin American Protestantism in the early twentieth century for popular audiences, and working on a new book about the cultural captivity of the gospel that will blend history and reader journey-through-exercises.

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