Katherine van Liere

Kate van Liere

Vice President

Kate van Liere, Professor of History at Calvin College, joined the board in 2016. She holds a B.A. in History of Ideas from Williams College, an M.A. in history from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. Before moving to Grand Rapids she taught at the College of Charleston (S.C.). She teaches courses on European and world history since 1500 at Calvin, with an emphasis on the Renaissance and Reformation eras, religious history, and historiography. Kate publishes articles on early modern Spanish intellectual history. She also teaches part-time in the Spanish and Dutch departments.  She directs the history internship program at Calvin which places students in museums, historical societies or local non-profit organizations.

Kate is active with the GGRWHC because she “loves the way that GGRWHC brings together academics, public historians, students, and amateur history lovers in creative collaboration.”