History, Global & Political Studies Department

A History of Excellence

Covering everything from philosophy and economics to history and international studies, the History, Global & Political Studies department helps students challenge assumptions, make connections, and apply historical knowledge to contemporary current issues.

The wide variety of disciplines and majors represented in the department are grounded in research, analysis, critical thinking, and truth seeking. Through these values—as well as through practical learning in discussions, case studies, lectures, and simulations—students develop fresh insights and perspectives that join textbook knowledge with global realities and a Christian worldview.

Not only are the History, Global & Political Studies professors serious about what they teach, they’re serious about incorporating their own personalities in the classroom and encouraging their students to do the same. The faculty create a family atmosphere—hosting movie nights, meals, and badminton tournaments while prompting their students to join in career development opportunities like research groups, the American Studies Program, and Taylor’s chapter of the American Enterprise Institute Council.

See for Yourself

Listen to Dr. Nicholas Kerton-Johnson, Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations, explain how a History, Global & Political Science degree will prepare you to fulfill your passions and advance God’s kingdom.

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Taylor Student’s Positivity Featured on National News

Mar 25, 2020

When the coronavirus began to spread across the globe, Taylor University called back students studying abroad for the semester in consideration of the...

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Taylor Alumni, Historians Chronicle the Life of Taylor Alumna and First Female Harvard Faculty Member Alice Hamilton

Jan 03, 2020

A newly-released book written by three Taylor alumni chronicles the life and work of a Taylor University alumna and one of America’s earliest female s...

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Abby Kuzma brings D.C. to TU

Nov 14, 2019

Professor passes on political knowledge. Abigail Kuzma, Halbrook Distinguished Chair of Government, thought her career in government was over after sh...

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Taylor Announces New Politics Majors for Fall 2019

Apr 22, 2019

Taylor University’s History, Global and Political Studies (HGPS) department offers two new political science majors for the 2019-2020 academic year—Po...

Department Head

Kevin Johnson

Chair of the History, Global & Political Studies Department & Associate Professor of History

kevin_johnson2@taylor.edu

Faculty

Abigail Lawlis Kuzma

Halbrook Distinguished Chair of Government

abby_kuzma@taylor.edu

Ben Wetzel

Assistant Professor of History

ben_wetzel@taylor.edu

Nicholas Kerton-Johnson

Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations

nckertonjohnson@taylor.edu

Elizabeth George

Associate Professor of History

elizabeth_george@taylor.edu

Jakob Miller

Assistant Professor of Political Science

jakob_miller@taylor.edu

Adjunct

Alan Winquist

History, Global, & Political Studies Faculty Adjunct

alwinquis@taylor.edu

Bill Ringenberg

Professor of History - Part-time

wlringenb@taylor.edu

Staff

Desirae Crouch

History, Global & Political Studies Program Assistant

desirae_crouch@taylor.edu