Dr. Bethany Kilcrease, Assistant Professor of History

Bethany Tanis

Bethany Kilcrease, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
E-mail: bmt001@aquinas.edu

Educational Background
Ph.D., Boston College, May 2009
B.A., Calvin College, May 2002
Dr. Kilcrease's Vitae (pdf)
Fall 2013 Courses
  • HY 162 World History since 1500
  • HY270 Modern Europe
  • HY303 History of China
  • HY401 British Empire
About Bethany Kilcrease

After growing up in Ludington, Michigan I moved to Grand Rapids and attended Calvin College, just down the road from Aquinas. Once I had graduated from Calvin, I moved to the East Coast and began a Ph.D. program in modern British history at Boston College under the direction of Dr. Peter Weiler. I received my Ph.D. from Boston College in May 2009. While I have loved living in Boston (all the books and baseball!), I am thrilled to be moving back to West Michigan to join the faculty at Aquinas College. As an historian, I specialize in modern British and European intellectual history. My research interests include mapping the intersections and implications 19th and early 20th-century British intellectual, political, and religious life. My dissertation, “The ‘Great Church Crisis,’ Public Life, and National Identity in late-Victorian and Edwardian Britain,” examines the panic in the late 1890s which gripped Anglicans and Nonconformists alike as they came to fear that Catholicism was growing in power and influence within British religious life. In addition to enjoying teaching and other historian stuff, I am an avid baseball (Red Sox and Tigers) and hockey fan (Griffins and Red Wings). I also enjoy British detective novels and am really into cats.

Representative Publication
[Bethany Tanis], “Diverging Paths: Fin-de-Siècle Britishness and the Oxford Movement,” Anglican and Episcopal History 77, no. 3 (September 2008): 287-317.