Professor of History and Chair, Department of History and Museum Studies

Ph.D., History, University of Arizona, 2004
M.A., Church History, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 1996
A.B., Religious Studies, Bowdoin College (summa cum laude), 1994

Campus Phone: Ext. 5355
Came to Tusculum: 2005

Joel Van Amberg, Professor of History, joined the Tusculum faculty in 2005 after teaching for a year at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Van Amberg earned his Ph.D. in History with a concentration in early modern Europe from The University of Arizona, where he was part of the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies. As a graduate student he received a Fulbright Scholarship to complete his dissertation research in Germany. Dr. Van Amberg’s book, A Real Presence: Religious and Social Dynamics of the Eucharistic Conflicts in Early Modern Augsburg (1500-1530), was published in 2012 by Brill in the series Studies in the History of Christian Traditions. The book considers ways in which religious, political, and economic concerns became interwoven and fueled popular movements in southern German cities during the early Reformation period.

Dr Van Amberg teaches a variety of courses on pre-modern Europe and modern Latin America.  He also teaches the Commons courses, The Political Traditions of the West and The Hebrew and Christian Traditions.

Dr. Van Amberg is chair of the Department of History and Museum Studies.