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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

Harley Schreck

Department Chair | 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 Master of Arts in Gerontology program at Bethel.

Faculty

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Robin Bell

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology and Reconciliation Studies | rrb46739@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology and Reconciliation Studies

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Marque Jensen

Adjunct Instructor of Sociology and Reconciliation Studies | mmj27728@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: Adjunct Instructor of Sociology and Reconciliation Studies

Adjunct Instructor of Sociology and Reconciliation Studies

Claudia May

Claudia May

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

Dr. Claudia May is a sought after specialist in Reconciliation Studies and has more than two decades of experience working alongside, teaching, and learning from global and national practitioners and leaders in the practices, principles, and theology of reconciliation. Through her writing and teaching, Dr. May examines how Jesus and those he encountered live out reconciliation. She pays particular attention to the agency of those dismissed as irrelevant. She probes how Jesus co-builds rela. . . read more.

Andrew Odubote

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

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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