Social Studies

Nabella Alam
Assistant Professor

Nabeela Alam is an Assistant Professor of Economics, with teaching and research interests in applied microeconomics, development, political economy and behavioral economics. She studies the... read more

Arseneault, David
Associate Professor
Head Men's Basketball and Head Women's Golf Coach

Now in his 23rd year at Grinnell College, Head Coach David Arseneault has become nationally and internationally renowned for his innovative coaching techniques and offensive-minded basketball.... read more

Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
On-Call Equipment Manager
On-Call Equipment Manager
Bauman, Roger
Manager of Athletic Equipment Rooms and Equipment Manager
Administrative Assistant to the Director of Athletics
Assistant Football Coach (seasonal)
Associate Professor
Vicki Bentley-Condit

Vicki Bentley-Condit has taught biological anthropology at Grinnell since 1995. She is a primatologist who has conducted research with both wild and captive baboon populations and captive rhesus... read more

Assistant Football Coach (seasonal)
Assistant Professor

Department Chair: Global Development Studies

I teach courses in Global Development Studies and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). My research focuses on the intersection of democratic... read more

Associate Professor

Keith Brouhle, Assistant Professor, has a B.A. from Grinnell College, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His course offerings include microeconomic analysis,... read more

Professor, Emeritus/Emerita

Professor Brown has been a member of the Grinnell History Department since the fall of 1989. She has chaired the History Department and the Gender and Women's Studies concentration, been an active... read more

Caulkins Doug
Professor, Emeritus
Interim Director, Donald L. Wilson Program in Enterprise and Leadership


Douglas Caulkins was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, and earned a B.A. with Honors and... read more

Chan Stella
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Economics; On Leave Spring 2013

Stella Chan received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before attending UCLA, she spent two years in Washington... read more

Cohn Edward
Assistant Professor

Edward Cohn came to Grinnell in 2007 after completing a Ph.D. in Russian history at the University of Chicago. A 1999 graduate of Swarthmore College, he worked for a year as a journalist before... read more

Associate Professor
Center for International Studies Director

David Cook-Martín is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College and director of its Center for International Studies. As a political sociologist, his work focuses on migration and... read more

Equipment Manager

Equipment Manager

Cooprider Ben
Assistant Coach

Ben Cooprider joined the Pioneer coaching staff in the winter of 2009. He attended high school in DeKalb, Ill., and then attended Carleton College where he was a four-year starter in both football... read more

Monessa Cummins
Associate Professor

Department Chair: Classics

Monessa Cummins received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on Greek epinician poetry, a type of lyric poetry... read more

Weekend Equipment Manager
Assistant Professor

George A. Drake first came to Grinnell as an undergraduate in the class of 1956. After a sojourn at the University of Chicago to receive his Ph.D., Mr. Drake began his career as a historian and... read more

De Dudley
Technical Support Assistant II
Elfenbein Caleb
Assistant Professor

Caleb Elfenbein graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in political science, making his way to Harvard Divinity School for a Masters in Theological Studies, then to the University of California... read more

Associate Professor

Department Chair, Sociology

Karla is a feminist ethnographer of labor. She studies interaction and community in market exchanges. Her first book,... read more

Assistant Men's/Women's Tennis Coach (seasonal)
Professor, Emeritus
Ferguson william

Department Chair: Economics

Bill Ferguson, Gertrude B. Austin Professor of economics, received a B.A. (in History) from Grinnell College and an Economics Ph.D. from the University of... read more


Susan Ferguson is Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College, where she has taught for over 20 years. Ferguson regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology, and her critically acclaimed anthology... read more

Assistant Women's Soccer Coach (seasonal)
Diving Coach {seasonal}
Assistant Professor
Head Women's Cross Country and Track/Field Coach

Evelyn Freeman has been a member of the Grinnell College coaching staff since 1980. She is the head women's cross country coach, as well as the head women's indoor and outdoor track coach. Over... read more

Associate Professor
Head Men's Cross Country and Track/Field Coach
Brigittine French
Associate Professor
Chair, Peace and Conflict Studies Committee


Brigittine French earned a PhD from the University of Iowa in 2001 and... read more

Weekend Equipment Manager
Katya Gibel Mevorah



Katya Gibel Mevorach holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke... read more

Bradley Graham
Assistant Professor

Bradley Graham, Assistant Professor, has B.S.E. and J.D. degrees from the University of Iowa, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His course offerings include... read more

Professor, Senior Faculty

While his initial research agenda was on mass attitudes and behavior in Africa, over the last decade his research has focused on comparable phenomena in Russia. In particular, he is concerned with... read more

Guenther Michael
Assistant Professor

Michael Guenther received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, and his M.A. & Ph.D from Northwestern University. His research examines the social and political dimensions of science in... read more

Associate Professor
Assistant Athletic Director; Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach
Assistant Professor

Rebecca Hamlin is the author of Let Me Be a Refugee: Administrative Justice and the Politics of Asylum in the United States, Canada, and Australia. It is a comparison of how three refugee... read more

Assistant Coach for Men's and Women's Swimming, 2007--; Director of Intramural & Club Sports, 2007--

Tim Hammond is in his seventh year as Grinnell’s assistant coach. He is a native of Grinnell, having graduated from Grinnell-Newburg High School and Luther College in Decorah with a bachelor's... read more

Assistant Professor

Email:  hansency[at]grinnell[dot]edu

Cynthia Hansen began teaching in the Linguistics Concentration at Grinnell in January 2012.  Her research... read more

Head Women's Basketball Coach
Assistant Professor


I teach American Politics and Policy Studies courses at Grinnell College as well as Introduction to Statistics.

My current research... read more

Assistant Volleyball Coach (seasonal)
Associate Professor
Head Baseball and Assistant Football Coach

Before joining the Grinnell faculty in 1978, Andrew Hsieh received his education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Kyoto University (Japan), and Yale University. He has currently entered... read more

Professor, Senior Faculty

My academic interests focus on the intersection of psychological and sociological social psychology, the organizational analysis of non-profit organizations, and deviance and criminology. I have... read more

Associate Professor
Head Men's & Women's Swimming Coach

In 2011, Erin Hurley begins her 17th season as Grinnell College's head swimming and diving coach. As a faculty member she teaches swimming, triathlon, and Lifeguard Instruction courses.

A... read more

Head Volleyball Coach/Lecturer
Paul Hutchison
Assistant Professor

Paul Hutchison, Assistant Professor of Education, has a B.A. in physics from Cornell College, an M.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. in science education from... read more

Assistant Professor

I was born in Ottawa and grew up in Vancouver. I taught high school English for five years before moving to New York to begin my graduate studies in the Sociology Program at the City University of... read more

Cori Jakubiak
Assistant Professor

Cori guides students and pre-service teachers in studying and teaching English as a Second Language. Her research focuses on critical issues in English language education. In particular, Cori is... read more

Associate Professor
Head Men's Golf and Head Men's Soccer Coach

Head Coach Brian Jaworski took over as leader of the Pioneer men's soccer program in 2004 and has built Grinnell into a powerhouse. The 2009 Pioneer squad won the Midwest Conference Tournament... read more

Assistant Professor
Member, Peace and Conflict Studies Committee

I am a scholar of communications as a political and social force, with expertise in the fields of modern history, contemporary history, comparative politics, war and society, and China/East Asia.... read more

Joseph F. Rosenfield Professor of Social Studies

Kaiser has taught at Grinnell since 1979, and in 2008, entered Senior Faculty Status. A specialist in medieval and early modern Russia, Mr. Kaiser has studied legal, social, and demographic... read more

Kathy Kamp
Earl D. Strong Professor of Social Studies
Member, Peace and Conflict Studies Committee

email: kamp[at]grinnell[dot]edu

Kathryn Kamp teaches anthropology and archaeology at Grinnell College. While she has worked in Syria and Belize, her... read more


Department Chair : Education

Before earning her Ph.D., she taught high school English and journalism for eleven years. Her teaching courses at Grinnell are

Academic Support Assistant
Building Proctor; Assistant Men's Soccer Coach (seasonal)
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Albert Lacson teaches courses that focus on race and ethnicity in US history, including Native American and African American history, race in early America, comparative... read more

Assistant Professor

Carolyn Herbst Lewis joined the faculty at Grinnell College as an assistant professor of history in 2013. She has a Ph.D. in American women’s history with a concentration in Women’s Studies from... read more

Head Athletic Trainer
Assistant Professor

Department Chair: Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies

Danielle Lussier is an assistant professor in political science. Her research focuses on democratization, the political... read more

Assistant Football Coach, Strength & Conditioning; Building Proctor
Kelly Maynard
Assistant Professor

Department Chair : European Studies

Kelly Maynard joined the faculty at Grinnell in 2009 after teaching in the history and art history departments at Scripps College. Her current project... read more

Assistant Professor

Christopher Mayo received his B.A. and M.A. from the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department at the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. from the East Asian Studies Department at Princeton... read more

Member, Peace and Conflict Studies Committee

Scholarly Activities: Noyce Faculty Study Grant, "A Cybernetic Model of Human Behavior" Summer/Fall 1998. Co-Project Director (with Christopher Hunter), "Ethnographic Study of a Human-Services... read more

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Assistant Professor

Deborah L. Michaels, Assistant Professor of Education, teaches courses in History of Education, International and Comparative Education, General Teaching Methods, and Social... read more

Donald L. Wilson Professor of Enterprise and Leadership

Mark Montgomery is Donald L. Wilson Professor of Enterprise and Leadership, and Professor of Economics, at Grinnell College.  Mark teaches Mathematical Economics, the Economics of Education, and... read more

Rosenfield Professor of Political Science
Academic Support Assistant II
Associate Professor, Senior Faculty

Paul Munyon, Associate Professor, earned his B.A. at Westmar College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard. He teaches accounting, finance and industrial organization. His current research focuses on... read more

Sidney Meyer Professor of International Economics

John “Jack” Mutti, Sidney Meyer Professor of International Economics, has a B.A. from Earlham College, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He teaches and does research on... read more

Kathleen (Casey) Oberlin
Assistant Professor

Before arriving at Grinnell College, I received a PhD in Sociology from Indiana University. Prior to that I completed a BA and an MA in Sociology as well as a Master’s Certificate in Women’s and... read more

Professor, Emeritus

Russell K. Osgood graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 1969 with exceptional distinction in history. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1969-71, returned to Yale in 1971, edited the Yale Law Review... read more

Building Proctor;Assistant Softball Coach (seasonal);Assistant Softball Coach (seasonal)
Assistant Professor
Head Football Coach; Asst. Track Coach; Fitness Center Dir.
Assistant Professor

Aysha Pollnitz arrived at Grinnell College in August 2013 following research fellowships at Trinity College, Cambridge and the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC. She has taught at the... read more

Associate Professor

Irene Powell is Associate Professor of Economics at Grinnell College.  She teaches Econometrics, the Economics of Developing Countries, Health Economics, and the Economics of Gender.  Irene... read more

Associate Professor

Department Chair: History


Elizabeth Prevost received her B.A. from Trinity College (CT) and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the history... read more

Professor of History and Director of the Rosenfield Program


Sarah Purcell graduated from Grinnell with a B.A. in history in 1992. She went on to earn an A.M. (1993) and a Ph.D. (1997) from Brown University. She joined the faculty of Grinnell in... read more

Head Women's Softball Coach; Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Assistant Professor
Lawrence S. Pidgeon Director of the Careers in Education Professions Program

Ashley directs the Grinnell Careers in Education Professions program and advises students interested in careers in all education-related fields, including (but not limited to) research, teaching,... read more

Sports Information Director

Ted Schultz has been sports information director at Grinnell College since August 2007 after serving the previous 13 years as sports editor of the Clinton Herald in Clinton, Iowa.

Schultz... read more


She is an internationally renowned Diversity Trainer/Consultant, an Associate Professor of American Studies and Sociology at Grinnell College, and an award-winning writer.  Kesho was a founding... read more

Associate Professor

Janet Seiz, Associate Professor, has a B.A. and a Ph.D. from Duke University. She teaches economic development and income distribution courses, and is researching feminist economics and economic... read more

Associate Professor

Mr. Silva came to Grinnell from the University of Chicago where he wrote a dissertation on Chilean middle-class unions. Mr. Silva's work examines how the middle class contributed to the rise of... read more

Professor, Emeritus/Emerita

D. A. Smith has taught history at Grinnell since 1970; during the 1960s he studied and taught history at Yale University. He has also been (1993 and 1997) Concurrent Professor of History in... read more

Coordinator for Diversity & Inclusion in Athletics
Professor, Emeritus/Emerita
Caleb Stroup
Assistant Professor

Caleb Stroup, Assistant Professor, received a B.A. in Philosophy, a B.S. and M.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from... read more

Associate Professor, Emeritus/Emerita

Martha Voyles earned a B.A. from Whitman College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University. Her research focuses on gender differences in math, science and technology, and the strategies... read more

Wallace, Greg
Associate Professor
Director of Athletics & Recreation

Department Chair: Physical Education

Greg Wallace has served as Director of Athletics and Recreation at Grinnell College since the summer of 2007.

Wallace served as Grinnell’s... read more

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John Whittaker (BA Cornell U. 1975, PHD U. of Arizona 1984) has been... read more


Department Chair: Global Development Studies

Before joining the Grinnell College faculty in 1991, Professor Willis taught political science and political economy at Boston College and... read more

Assistant Professor
Director of Grinnell Outdoor Recreation Program