Kevin R den Dulk

Kevin Den Dulk


A native Californian, Kevin den Dulk earned his bachelor of arts degree in philosophy at Calvin College in 1992.  After a brief stint in a corporate law firm, he completed his M.A. in political science at the University of Georgia (1995) and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin at Madison (2001).  In 2001, he took a position in the Department of Political Science at Grand Valley State University, and later added a joint appointment as Honors Faculty-in-Residence.  He returned to Calvin as the Spoelhof Teacher-Scholar-in-Residence during the 2011-2012 academic year.  From 2012-2019, he served as the Executive Director of the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics and held the Paul B. Henry Chair in Political Science.  In 2020, he began his current role at Calvin University, serving as Associate Provost.


Professor den Dulk has trouble narrowing his focus, and so he’s written on a wide range of ideas and movements, from the great challenges of religious pluralism in western democracies to the nitty-gritty politics of water managers in local politics. True to form, he is currently working on several very different projects, including a three-year grant-funded exploration of the tension between populism and internationalism within evangelicalism, a spatial analysis of state-level resources available to men and women when upon re-entry from prison, and an exploration of the politics of water among agricultural interests in the western United States. He is active in various community-based activities, especially civic education in local schools. He serves on the board of the Michigan Center for Civic Education and the Association for Public Justice.


Gardening, travel, fly fishing, hiking, working on his money pit

Academic interests

Religion and politics cross-nationally; religious freedom; American politics and policy; public law and courts; political theory

Research and scholarship


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