Fall 2019: Canals and The Atlantic

Fall 2019

Canals and The Atlantic
Professor Emeritus

James Bratt

Calvin College

James Bratt graduated from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) in 1971 with a B.A. in History and went on to earn his PhD in American Religious History at Yale University (1978). He taught in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Pittsburgh for nine years and there first heard about the Semester at Sea, which was affiliated with Pitt at the time. He returned to Calvin in 1987 where he has worked ever since. Professor Bratt has considerable international experience, including three Fulbright grants: two for research in the Netherlands and his current year-long teaching appointment at Xiamen University in China. The best single experience of his teaching career came while directing Calvin’s Semester in Britain program in 2006. He has taught a wide range of courses in American religious and cultural history and the history of Christianity, along with the West in the world, 1450 to the present. Professor Bratt has published extensively in the history of Dutch-American relations and on topics in early American history, particularly the connections between religion, politics, and cultural change. He recently edited the English translation of Thomas Kaufmann’s A Short Life of Martin Luther (2016), and is editing an unfinished manuscript on the religion of Franklin D. Roosevelt by the late John Woolverton. Professor Bratt and his wife Tina Bruinsma Bratt have three adult children who are spread across the United States from Philadelphia to Dallas to Berkeley, plus one who works in Guangzhou, China. Their own deepest affection is for their native soil of West Michigan and the beautiful beaches of its Big Lake. If you don’t know what that is, you’ll have to visit them there and find out.