B.A., History, Westmont College
M.A., 19th Century U.S. History, University of North Carolina,
Ph.D., 20th Century U.S. History and Modern Latin American History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
I live with my wife in a 23 unit co-housing community near downtown Grand Rapids. I am a member of Fuller Avenue CRC. I am also on the Board of the Belknap Lookout Neighborhood Association and participate in lots of neighborhood activities. I love to travel to Latin America and elsewhere. I'm also fond of kayaking, hiking, and art gallery surfing. Designing educational games is a semi-professional hobby.
My research interests include U.S.-Latin American relations, 1910 Mexican Revolution, and Protestantism in Latin America. I have published articles dealing with Protestants and radical nationalists in Mexico and the CRC in the Cuban Revolution. I also translated books include Bearing the Marks of Jesus: A History of the Christian Reformed Denomination in Cuba; Like Leaven in the Dough: Protestant Social Thought in Latin America (1920-1950); and New People: Methodists in Mexico from 1873 to 1930. And I continue to have a reading/teaching interest in the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction and the history of race relations.
Since retirement in 2015, I have been teaching in Calvin's CALL program and the Aquinas OLLI program. I also enjoy reading many of the books I didn't have time for when I was employed full time and write reviews for publication.
Read Dan Miller's blog posts on Historical Horizons, the history department's blog.
Coming of Age: Protestantism in Contemporary Latin America (Calvin Center Series)
Published: April 2, 1994
Coming of Age: Protestantism in Contemporary Latin America. London, New York, Oxford: University Press of America, 1994.
New People: Methodism and Modernization in Mexico (1870-1930), by Rubén Ruiz Guerra. Grand Rapids: Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, 2013.
Like Leaven in the Dough: Protestant Social Thought in Latin America, 1920 to 1950 by Carlos Mondragón. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2011.
Bearing the Marks of Jesus: A History of the Christian Reformed Church in Cuba by Eduardo Pedraza. Grand Rapids: Calvin College and the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, 2009.
Articles and Book Chapters
“Nationalism, Marxism, and the Christian Reformed Church in Cuba,” in Varieties of Southern Religious Experience, ed. Regina D. Sullivan and Monte Harrell Hampton, 238-254 (South Carolina University Press, 2015)
“Protestantismo y Radicalismo en México de 1860 a la década de 1930.” Conocimiento 106 (June 25, 2010): 63-66.
"Protestantism and Politics in Contemporary Latin America" (review essay), Fides et Historia 43:1 (Winter/Spring 2011): 41-53.
"Protestantism and Radicalism in Mexico from the 1860s to the 1930s," Fides et Historia 40/1 (Winter/Spring 2008): 43-66.
“What’s the Christian Reformed Church doing in Cuba?”Origins 24/1 (2006): 26-35.
“El Progreso y la Decadencia de la Revolución Mexicana en Múzquiz, Coahuila.” Coahuilense website (Spring, 2005).
“Historically Speaking: Academically-Based Service Learning in the History Curriculum.” In Commitment and Connection: Service Learning and Christian Higher Education, edited by Gail Gunst Heffner and Claudia De Vries Beversluis, 45-54. London, New York, Oxford: University Press of America, 2002.
“Playing Games in Social Studies.”Christian Educators Journal 42/1 (October 2002): 26-27.
“What has Managua to do with Baghdad?” Perspectives 18/7 (Aug./Sept. 2003): 18-21.
“New Hope for Mexico.”Perspectives 15/8 (Oct. 2000): 3-4.
“The Rise and Fall of the Mexican Revolution in Múzquiz, Coahuila.”The Journal of Big Bend Studies 12 (2000): 187-258.
"Protestantismo y radicalism en México de los 1860s hasta los 1930s," Foro International sobre "Patrimonio Urbano y Cultural," Monterrey, Mexico, April 17-18, 2010.
"Revolutionary Nationalism and the Cuban Christian Reformed Church," Misión y Poder Conference, San José, Costa Rica, June 2009.
Review of John Lynch, San Martín: Argentine Soldier, American Hero (2009). In Fides et Historia, 42, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2010): 120-121.
Review of Theron Corse, Protestants, Revolution, and the Cuba-U.S. Bond (2007). In Journal of Latin American Studies 41 (2009): 177-179.
Review of Jürgen Buchenau, Plutarco Elías Calles and the Mexican Revolution (2007). In The Historian 70, no. 4 (Winter 2008): 773-775.
Review of Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Marriage of Convenience: Rockefeller International Health and Revolutionary Mexico (2006). In The Americas 65, no. 2 (October 2008): 272-274.
Review of John Lynch, Simón Bolívar: A Life (2006). In Fides et Historia 39, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2007): 130-132.
Review of Matthew Restall, Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest (2003). In Fides et Historia 37, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2005): 140-142.
“American jihad,” review of Robert E. May, Manifest Destiny’s Underworld: Filibustering in Antebellum America (2002). In Books and Culture 9, no. 1 (January/February 2003): 29.
Review of D. A. Brading, Mexican Phoenix, Our Lady of Guadalupe: Image and Tradition Across Five Centuries (2001). In Fides et Historia 34, no. 2 (Summer/Fall, 2002): 142-143.
Review of Benjamin, Thomas, La Revolución: Mexico's Great Revolution as Memory, Myth, and History (2000). In Bulletin of Latin American Research 20, no. 1 (January 2001): 132.
Review of Randall M. Miller, Harry S. Stout, and Charles Reagan Wilson, eds., Religion and the American Civil War (1998) and Eugene D. Genovese, A Consuming Fire: The Fall of the Confederacy in the Mind of the White Christian South (1998). In Christian Scholar’s Review 29, no. 3 (Spring 2000): 625-627.
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