Robert P. Swierenga -- Abbreviated Curriculum Vita

Robert P. Swierenga  abbreviated cv 1/2022

Albertus C. Van Raalte Research Professor, A.C. Van Raalte Institute, Hope College, Holland, Michigan, 1996-
Professor of History Emeritus, Kent State University, 1996-

Degrees: B.A. Calvin College, 1957; M.A. Northwestern University, 1958; Ph.D. University of Iowa, 1965

Knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in the Order of the Netherlands Lion, May 2000
Distinguished Alumnus, Calvin College, May 2003
Fulbright Fellow, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 1976, 1985
Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, 1981

Research Professor, A.C. Van Raalte Institute, Hope College, 1996-
Professor, Kent State University, 1968-1996
Assistant Professor, Calvin College, 1961-1962, 1965-1968
Social Studies Teacher, Pella Christian High School, 1958-61


Dominee Van Raalte, Dauntless Dutch Leader in Netherlands and America (expected publication, 2022)

His Faithfulness Continues: A History of Timothy Christian Schools of Chicagoland (Holland, MI: Van Raalte Press, 2020) 

Park Township Centennial History, Ottawa County, Michigan, 1915-2015: Holland's Water Playground (Holland, MI: Van Raalte Press, 2015)

Faithful Witness: A Sesquicentennial History of Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Holland, Michigan, 1865-2015 (Holland, MI: Van Raalte Press, 2015)

Holland, Michigan: From Dutch Colony to Dynamic City. 3 vols. (Eerdmans & Van Raalte Press, 2014)

Elim: A Chicago Christian School and Life Training Center for the Disabled (Eerdmans, 2005)

Dutch Chicago: A History of the Hollanders in the Windy City (Eerdmans, 2002)

Faith and Family: Dutch Immigration and Settlement in the United States, 1820-1920 (Holmes & Meier, 2000)

Family Quarrels in the Dutch Reformed Churches in the Nineteenth Century. Co-author Elton Bruins (Eerdmans, 1999; reprinted 2014)

The Forerunners: Dutch Jewry in the North American Diaspora (Wayne State University Press, 1994)

Acres for Cents: Delinquent Tax Auctions in Frontier Iowa (Greenwood, 1976)

Pioneers and Profits: Land Speculation on the Iowa Frontier (Iowa State University Press, 1968)

Edited books:

Dutch Americans and War: United States and Abroad. Co-editors Nella Kennedy and Lisa Zylstra (Holland, MI: Van Raalte Press, 2014)

Diverse Destinies: Dutch Kolonies in Wisconsin and the East. Co-editor with Nella Kennedy and Mary Risseeuw (Holland, MI: Van Raalte Press, 2012)

Across Borders: Dutch Migration to North America and Australia. Co-editor with Jacob E. Nyenhuis and Suzanne Sinke (Holand, MI: Van Raalte Press, 2010)

Aunt Tena, Called to Serve: Journals and Letters of Tena A. Huizenga, Missionary Nurse to Nigeria. Co-editor with Jacob E. Nyenhuis and Lauren M. Berka (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2009)

Old Wing Mission: Cultural Interchange as Chronicled by George N. and Arvilla Smith in their Work with Chief Wakazoo's Ottawa Band on the West Michigan Frontier (with William Van Appledorn) (Eerdmans, 2008)

Dutch Arts and Letters in Historical Perspective. Co-editors Jack Nyenhuis and Nella Kennedy (Van Raalte Press, Holland, 2008)

Dutch Immigrants on the Plains. Co-editors Paul Fessler adn Hubert R. Krygsman (Joint Archives of Holland, 2006)

Iowa Letters: Dutch Immigrants on the American Frontier, by Johan Stellingwerff (Eerdmans 2004)

The Dutch in Urban America. Co-editors Donald Sinnema and Hans Krabbendam (Joint Archives of Holland, 2004)

For Food and Faith: Dutch Immigration to Western Michigan. Editor (Holland (MI) Museum, 2000)

Belief and Behavior: Essays in the New Religious History. Co-editor with Philip VanderMeer (Rutgers University Press, 1991)

Jacob van Hinte, Netherlanders in America. Editor (Baker, 1985)

The Dutch in America: Immigration, Settlement, and Cultural Change. Editor (Rutgers University Press, 1985)

History and Ecology: James C. Malin's Studies of the Grassland. Editor (University of Nebraska Press, 1984)

A Bilateral Bicentennial: A History of Dutch-American Relations, 1782-1982. Co-editor J.W. Scholte Nordholt (Octagon, 1982)

Beyond the Civil War Synthesis: Political Essays of the Civil War Era. Editor (Greenwood, 1975)

Quantification in American History: Theory and Research. Editor (Atheneum, 1970)


Dutch Immigrants in U.S. Ship Passenger Manifests, 1820-1880: An Alphabetical Listing by Family Heads and Independent Persons, 2 vols. Compiler (Scholarly Resources, 1987)

Dutch Households in U.S. Population Censuses, 1850, 1860, 1870: An Alphabetical Listing by Household Heads and Independent Persons, 3 vols. Compiler (Scholarly Resources, 1987)

Dutch Emigrants to the United States, South Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia, 1835-1880: An Alphabetical Listing by Household Heads and Independent Persons. Compiler (Scholarly Resources, 1983

Immigration Records: Dutch in America 1880s. Family Tree Maker's Family Archives, CD # 269 (Ancestry.com, 2000) 400,000 records