The Civitas Lab is a research incubator at the Henry Institute. Every year, 8-12 students known as the Civitas Scholars partner with Calvin professors to explore the public role of faith through discipline-based research. The students also build a research community by meeting together regularly to discuss their work, share project insights and challenges, and divide labor when necessary.

The 2018-19 Civitas Lab

Re-examining Evangelical Populism and Evangelical Internationalism: Annaka Ediger is working with Kevin den Dulk to compile an annotated bibliography of materials for use in the research of exploring evangelical Protestant Christianity and its role in American global engagement generally and U.S. foreign policy specifically.

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Annaka Ediger
Sophomore, majoring in
International Relations and
French, minor in Business
from Hudsonville, MI
Kevin R. den Dulk
Calvin College
Political Science Department;
Henry Institute
Executive Director

Racial Reconciliation in Foster Care: Critically Examining Selves to Better Serve Others: Selena Walters is working with Professors Kristen Alford and Stacia Hoeksema as they explore the effectiveness of the CORR Understanding Racism workshop on foster care worker decision-making and the operation of foster care deliver systems.

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Selena Walters
Junior, majoring
in Social Work, minor
in Spanish
from Hudsonville, MI
Kristen Alford
Calvin College
Sociology Department
Stacia Hoeksema
Calvin College
Sociology Department

Masculinity and Militarism in American Evangelicalism: Kelly Looman is assisting Calvin History Professor Kristin DuMez with research on evangelical constructions of militant masculinity from 1980 to the present.

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Kelly Looman
Senior, majoring in
International
Relations, minor in
Geography and
History from
Newaygo, MI
Kristin Kobes DuMez
Calvin College
History 
Department

Rustbelt Religion: Eleanor Vander Ark is working with Professor Mark Mulder to explore fieldwork and interviews in central Wisconsin to explain how religion shapes the politics of rural white voters.

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Eleanor Vander Ark
Senior, majoring in Sociology,
minors in Gender Studies, 
  and Philosophy
from Madison, WI
Mark Mulder
Calvin College
Sociology Department

Politics of Water: Kevin den Dulk is working with Jonathan Winkle and Olivia den Dulk to explore the appropriate role of government in addressing problems involving availability, stewardship and economic justice issues that surround distribution of water as a matter of public justice.

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Olivia den Dulk
Junior, majoring
in International Relations
and Environmental Studies, minor in French and
Data Science
from Grand Rapids, MI
Jonathan Winkle
Junior, majoring in
Political Science
from Grand Rapids, MI
Kevin R. den Dulk
Calvin College
Political Science Department;
Henry Institute
Executive Director

Mapping Applications for Re-entry: Liam Farraby, Annalane Miller, and Skyler Rich are working with Jason VanHorn and Kevin den Dulk to expand the user-friendly intuitive map created earlier for Kent County to two additional Michigan counties, again providing information about facilities and organizations that would be indispensable to new parolees and those returning as citizens from incarceration. (See an article about the Restorative Justice project work)

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Liam Ferraby
Junior, majoring in
Biology and
Environmental Studies
from Hiram, OH
Annalane Miller
Senior, majoring in
Political Science, minors
in International Development
and Data Science
from Dexter, MI
Skyler Rich
Senior, majoring in
Business Marketing, minors
in Political Science
from Lake Tapps, WA
Kevin R. den Dulk
Calvin College
Political Science Department
Henry Institute Executive Director
Jason Van Horn
Calvin College
Geology, Geography, and
Environmental Studies
Departments

Interfaith Photovoice: Elena Van Stee and Calvin Sociology Professor Roman Williams are exploring the effectiveness of an arts-based research technique called photovoice as a strategy for interfaith engagement, using four projects led by team members in cities across North America; Van Stee and Williams will be interviewing Christians and Muslims from the Grand Rapids area and assisting with the final photovoice project in New York City.

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Elena Van Stee
Senior, majoring
in Religion and Sociology, minor in French
from Western Springs, IL
Roman Williams
Calvin College
Sociology
Department

Restorative Justice Conference: Sarah Bass is working with Matt Walhout and other students and faculty in the Calvin Prison Initiative to coordinate and administer an October 2018 conference on restorative justice.

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Sarah Bass
Senior, majoring in
English Literature, minor in Gender Studies
from Holland, MI
Matt Walhout
Calvin College 
Physics Department

Communicating Virtuously across Division in the Church: Karolyn DeKam and Professor Stacey Wieland are considering how Christians who disagree about significant social issues can engage in productive dialogue. This project considers how dialogue might be enacted in contexts where participants share a deep commitment to core Christian beliefs, yet diverge in their understanding of the implications of those beliefs for a modern social issue.

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Karolyn DeKam
Sophomore, majoring in
Sociology, minor
in Women and Gender
Studies from
Muskegon, MI
Stacey Wieland
Calvin College
Communication, Arts
and Sciences
Department

The Moral Power of Stories: A Meta-Analysis: Allyson Fea is assisting Peter Meindl as they explore the power of stories in developing a readers's moral character, as the themes and narratives often inspire moral change and influence moral beliefs and values, moral motivation,and even mortal behavior such as volunteerism and charitable giving. Psychologists have begun to look into whether stories shape morality, but the findings are inconsistent This research seeks to meta-analyze these results to get a better sense of the moral power of stories.

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Allyson Fea
Sophomore, majoring in
Psychology and History
from Mechanicsburg, PA
Peter Meindl
Calvin College 
Psychology Department

Converted Structures: Working with Roman Williams, Taylor Hartson is exploring the prevalence, causes, and meanings of converted buildings from sacred to secular uses and vice versa, as churches across the U.S. and Canada have been adapted to other uses, including restaurants, condos, houses, indoor climbing gyms, libraries, concert venues, playhouses, community centers, and more. The two are developing a strategy for mapping structures and taking a closer look at the phenomenon through a case study.

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Taylor Hartson
Senior, majoring in Sociology, minors in Psychology and Writing
from Pella, IA
Roman Williams
Calvin College 
Sociology Department