History faculty

Michael Kugler, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Ph.D., University of Chicago
M.A., Western Washington University
B.A., Judson Baptist College

712-707-7056
kugler@nwciowa.edu
VPH 208

Profile

Dr. Kugler primarily teaches European history from the Reformation through the modern era. His research and writing include the Enlightenment era, particularly in Scotland; historical narrative in a variety of forms, including formal history but also film and graphic novels; and more recently, the history of incarnational theology. He has presented papers at a wide variety of conferences and has published reviews and essays in Fides et Historia, The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation, and Scotia.


Courses


    Publications and presentations

    • “Enlightenment History, Objectivity, and the Moral Imagination”, a chapter in Christian Faith and the Historian's Vocation, ed. John Fea (Notre Dame, 2010).
    • “Adam Ferguson and Enlightened Provincial Ideology in Scotland”, in Adam Ferguson: A Reassessment, v.2, ed. Eugene Heath and Vincenzo Merolle (Pickering and Chatto, 2009).
    • "The Cross, the Powers, and Enlightenment Techniques of the Self," Fides et Historia (2004).
    • “How Many Cheers?: Assessing the Enlightenment Grand Narrative of Modern Progress”, to be presented to the Conference on Faith and History, George Fox University, October 7-9, 2010.
    • “Civil Piety and Christian Culture in the Debate Over John Home’s Douglas”, presented to the Joint Conference for the Society for the Study of Scottish Philosophy, the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society, and the International Adam Smith Society, Princeton Theological Seminary, June 25, 2010.
    • “The Faun Beneath the Lamppost: What Christians Often Mean When They Talk About the Enlightenment”, Conference on Secularization and Revival, Baylor University, October 9, 2009.
    • “Faust’s Bastards: Academic Humility in the Shadow of the Cross“, Conference on Christianity and the University, Baylor University, March 18, 2004.

    Professional experience

    • Professor of History since 1994
    • Assistant Coach and Goalkeeper Coach, Men's Soccer, Northwestern College (until 2007)

    Memberships

    • The Conference on Faith and History
    • The Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society

    Honors

    • Calvin College Summer Faculty Fellow, 1997, 2007
    • Teaching Excellence Award, Northwestern College, 2006
    • Eric Molen Prize, for the paper "Provincial Intellectuals: A Model for Enlightenment Studies," delivered at the annual conference of the East-Central American Society of Eighteenth Century Scholars, 1992
    • Century Scholar, University of Chicago, 1986-89