Anthropology & Sociology
Dr. James Hurd 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. Before teaching at Bethel, he flew airplanes for Mission Aviation Fellowship in South America.
He is co-author of the book Horse-and-Buggy Mennonites: Hoofbeats of Humility in a Postmodern World (Penn State Press, 2006), and recently published a major article on horse-and-buggy Mennonite fertility (Annals of Human Biology).
Dr. Hurd's passion is to train students to live as the people of God in our postmodern world.