Anthropology & Sociology
Curtiss DeYoung, Ed.D., specializes in reconciliation studies, and has experience in urban multicultural ministry in the United States and South Africa. His research interests include multicultural interpretations of the Bible and interfaith dialogue. He is the author of several books including Living Faith: How Faith Inspires Social Justice (Fortress Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2007).
James Hurd, Ph.D., flew airplanes for Mission Aviation Fellowship in South America for nine years. He is an anthropologist who specializes in Amish and Mennonite studies, sociobiology, human origins, and South American studies. He has done fieldwork in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and rural Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hurd is co-author of the book Horse-and-Buggy Mennonites: Hoofbeats of Humility in a Postmodern World (Penn State Press, 2006).
Andrew Odubote, Ph.D., specializes in criminology.
His dissertation is entitled “The Moderating Effect of Race on Parenting Style
and Juvenile Delinquency: A Comparative Study of European American, African
American and Nigerian Families." Prior to coming to Bethel,
he taught at the University of Minnesota and was an adjunct faculty at Metropolitan State University.
Ph.D., is an anthropologist who previously worked with World Vision, an
international Christian aid and development agency. He teaches courses in Amsterdam and India and often involves students in his research in
Northeast Minneapolis which looks at urban change and social capital.
Ph.D., graduated in sociology from the University of Minnesota in 2000,
and joined our department in February, 2000. He completed fieldwork in
Nigeria and Malaysia. Samuel grew up as a Christian in the Muslim area
of northern Nigeria, and brings an international perspective to the
Ph.D., graduated in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008,
and joined our department in July, 2008. Her research, "Donkey Friends: Travel, Voluntary Communities, and New Public Sphere in Contemporary Urban China," examined the rise of voluntary associations of "donkey friends," and the emergence of new kinds of social networks and public space in urban China.