Kyle Dieleman

Assistant Professor of History

Education

Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 2017
M.Div., Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2012
B.A., Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, 2009

Associated Academic Programs

History

“Studying history is vital for students who desire to understand the world of which they’re a part.”

Dr. Kyle Dieleman believes that history helps students better see the world around them and can offer insights and warnings for how to live meaningfully. “From a Christian perspective, history can also shed light on how God has been and continues to be at work while also showing what a broken place the world can be, all of which is important for Christian disciples to recognize.”

What drew him to Trinity:
Dieleman was drawn to Trinity because of its strong academic programs, dedicated professors, and commitment to Christian and Reformed higher education. “I love teaching to students who are intellectually curious and enjoy the opportunities a smaller college affords to get to know students and interact with them individually.”

Research interests:
His research focuses on the Protestant Reformation in the Low Countries. “In particular, I research how the idea of the Sabbath was thought about theologically and how Sunday observance was/was not practiced in Dutch Reformed communities. This research is important for Christians who continue to value the idea of a Sabbath and for those interested in what Sunday observance might look like in contemporary Christianity.”

When he’s not teaching:
When he’s not teaching, Dieleman enjoyes spending time with his wife and daughter, watching sports, and following the Iowa Hawkeyes’ athletics. “I enjoy watching a variety of TV shows on Netflix and also love to travel throughout the United States and, when able, internationally. I also participate in church programs and preach for various Christian Reformed churches in the area.”

Pending Publication:

Sabbath in the Dutch Reformation: Devotion or Desecration?, to be published as part of Vandenhoek and Ruprecht’s Reformed Historical Theology series.

He has also contributed book chapters on the Heidelberg Catechism and on John Calvin to edited volumes and published various book reviews and articles.

  • Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship (University of Iowa, 2016)
  • Henry Meeter Center Student Fellowship (Calvin College, 2016)
  • Marcus Bach Graduate Fellowship (University of Iowa, 2016)
  • Leibniz-Institute for European History Research Fellowship (Mainz, Germany, 2015)
+ Expertise

Dr. Kyle Dieleman believes that history helps students better see the world around them and can offer insights and warnings for how to live meaningfully. “From a Christian perspective, history can also shed light on how God has been and continues to be at work while also showing what a broken place the world can be, all of which is important for Christian disciples to recognize.”

What drew him to Trinity:
Dieleman was drawn to Trinity because of its strong academic programs, dedicated professors, and commitment to Christian and Reformed higher education. “I love teaching to students who are intellectually curious and enjoy the opportunities a smaller college affords to get to know students and interact with them individually.”

Research interests:
His research focuses on the Protestant Reformation in the Low Countries. “In particular, I research how the idea of the Sabbath was thought about theologically and how Sunday observance was/was not practiced in Dutch Reformed communities. This research is important for Christians who continue to value the idea of a Sabbath and for those interested in what Sunday observance might look like in contemporary Christianity.”

When he’s not teaching:
When he’s not teaching, Dieleman enjoyes spending time with his wife and daughter, watching sports, and following the Iowa Hawkeyes’ athletics. “I enjoy watching a variety of TV shows on Netflix and also love to travel throughout the United States and, when able, internationally. I also participate in church programs and preach for various Christian Reformed churches in the area.”

+ Courses, Publications & Research

Pending Publication:

Sabbath in the Dutch Reformation: Devotion or Desecration?, to be published as part of Vandenhoek and Ruprecht’s Reformed Historical Theology series.

He has also contributed book chapters on the Heidelberg Catechism and on John Calvin to edited volumes and published various book reviews and articles.

+ Honors and Awards
  • Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship (University of Iowa, 2016)
  • Henry Meeter Center Student Fellowship (Calvin College, 2016)
  • Marcus Bach Graduate Fellowship (University of Iowa, 2016)
  • Leibniz-Institute for European History Research Fellowship (Mainz, Germany, 2015)