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Professor David Zwart

David Zwart - D-1-202 MAK, (616) 331-8818,

Assistant Professor of History

Fields: Social Studies Education, Migration History, Dutch-American History

Degrees: BA, History and Education, Dordt College, 1999 
MA, History, California State University, Fresno, 2004 PhD, History, Western Michigan University, 2012 Teaching Fields: Social Studies Strategies, Social Studies Capstone, 
American History, Field Supervision

Research Interests:

I am most interested in researching and writing about the intersection of religion, ethnicity, and commemoration. I have done this by examining how Dutch Americans in the twentieth century constructed an ethno-religious identity through commemorations of institutions and enclaves.

I am also interested in pre-service teacher preparation in the field of history and social studies education, particularly examining historical thinking.

Selected Publications and Presentations:

"Preachers, Pews, and Pupils: Commemorating the Past in Twentieth-Century Dutch America" Holland, Mich.: Van Raalte Press, 2011.

"For the Next Generation: Commemorating the Immigration Experience in the United States and Canada" Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Econonmische Geschiedenis 7, no. 2 (2010): 126-150.

"Constructing the Homeland: Dutch Americans and the Netherlands Information Bureau during the 1940s," Michigan Historical Review 33, no. 3 (Fall 2007): 81-100.

"Bringing Historical Thinking to the Classroom," Iowa Council for the Social Studies, October 18, 2011.