William Katerberg

William Katerberg


  • Redeemer University College, Canada
  • B.A., Calvin College, MI
  • M.A., University of Notre Dame, IN
  • M.A., Ph.D., Queen’s University, Canada


“Over the years, to get away and relax, I’ve traveled far afield, to places like Peru and India, and tempted fate by climbing the occasional mountain and jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. My current hobbies are a little more sedate and safe—mountain biking and road biking, brewing beer, and photography. You can see some of my photography at my photography blog on WordPress or on my photography portfolio."

Academic interests

  • The North American West
  • Radical and extremist politics in the US since World War II
  • History of religion and science

Will Katerberg is director of the Mellema Program in Western American Studies

Read Will Katerberg's posts on Historical Horizons, the history department blog.


Book Series Editor for Wiley-Blackwell, "The Western History Series" (with Carol L. Higham)

Selected Essays

  • “History in the Anthropocene,” Fides et Historia 47, no. 2 (forthcoming).
  • “The Poverty of Theory (and History): Frank Ankersmit’s Search for Historical Experience,” Fides et Historia 45, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2013).
  • “Globalizing American Creation Stories,” The Maryville Symposium: Conversations on Faith and the Liberal Arts, Theme Issue on Frontiers, Borders and Citizens: Membership in American Society 5 (2012): 7–33.
  • “The Person of the Historian,” Fides et Historia 44, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2012): 76–81.
  • “Who Wants to Live in the Real World?” Practically Human: College Professors Speak from the Heart about Humanities Education. Grand Rapids, MI: Calvin College Press, 2012.
  • “The ‘Objectivity Question’ and the Historian’s Vocation.” In Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian's Vocation, edited by John Fea, Jay Green, and Eric Miller. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010.
  • “A Northern Vision: Frontiers and the West in the Canadian and American Imagination.” In One West, Two Myths, Volume Two: Essays on Comparison, edited by Carol L. Higham and Robert Thacker. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2007.
  • “Western Myth and the End of History in the Novels of Douglas Coupland,” Western American Literature 40, no. 3 (Fall 2005): 272–99.
  • “Redemptive Horizons, Redemptive Violence, and Hopeful History.” Fides et Historia 36, no. 1 (Summer/Fall 2004): 1–14.

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