Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. (1993) — American History

M.A. and B.A. — History

Degrees from — University of Minnesota

Positions Held:

Assistant Professor — Iowa State University (1995-96)

Adjunct Professor — Minnesota State University – Mankato
Bethel University, Northwestern College

Instructor — Normandale Community College

Published Work:

God’s Judgments: Interpreting History and the Christian Faith (IVP, 2007)

Grand Excursion: Antebellum America Discovers the Upper Mississippi (Afton Historical Society Press, 2004)

Erik Ramstad and the Empire Builder (North American Heritage Press, 2002)

[ed.] No More Gallant a Deed: A Civil War Memoir of the First Minnesota Volunteers (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2001)

Cooperative Commonwealth: Minnesota’s Rural Co-ops, 1859-1939 (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2000)

This Rebellious House: American History & the Truth of Christianity (InterVarsity Press [IVP], 1996)

Prisoners of Hope: Sundry Sunday Essays (Regent College, 1996)

Norwegian Yankee: Knute Nelson and the Failure of American Politics, 1860 - 1923 (Norwegian-American Historical Association., 1995) [with Millard Gieske]

Hjalmar Petersen of Minnesota: The Politics of Provincial Independence (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1987)


“Premodern, Modern, Postmodern: A History of Ideas and a Case Study of Christianity and Secularization at One State University, 1869-1984” (a longitudinal study on secularization and the long-term consequences for the university of excluding testimony as a valid means to knowledge; the manuscript was completed June 2006 and is being submitted to publishers)


Pew Evangelical Scholars’ Program Fellow - 1999-2000

Distinguished Independent Study Course Award, NUCEA, 1997

Board of Publications, Norwegian-American Historical Association, 1996-99

Fellow at MacLaurin Institute, 1998-Present

Anderson Center Writer’s Residency - August 1998

American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow - 1989