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John Haas

John Haas
  • Title Associate Professor of History
  • Work Phone 574.807.7146
  • Office Academic Center, Room 303 1001 Bethel Circle Mishawaka IN 46545 USA EST

John H. Haas teaches history (primarily American) and related subjects at Bethel College. He earned his B.A. at Temple University in Philadelphia. with a double major in history and philosophy, graduating summa cum laude. He also earned an M.Div. from Reformed Episcopal Seminary and the Th.M. in church history from Princeton Theological Seminary. His Ph.D. in history was granted by the University of Notre Dame. He has taught at Bethel College since 1999.

Professor Haas teaches courses in American history, foreign relations, religious history, and historical theory and methodology. He has also taught courses on American government, social thought, and social theory. His interests gravitate towards cultural, intellectual and political history, and his own research and writing currently explores the interaction between religious beliefs and values and politics, particularly in the Civil War era. His dissertation focused on the role played by social scientists and philosophers in formulating moral theory in the first half of the twentieth century.

Professor Haas has been a Christian since 1976, and has attended South Bend Christian Reformed Church since 1988. There he has served as elder, teaches church-school classes regularly, and preaches occasionally. His interests include canoing, hiking, and herpetology, along with reading widely in current events. Since 2002 he has sponsored a weekly "film fest" open to students and faculty where older or lesser known films are viewed and discussed.