Rachelle Walker

Rachelle Walker

Assistant Professor of History and Political Science

B.A., Vanguard University
M.A., Claremont Graduate University

About Rachelle

Rachelle Andrus joined the Vanguard faculty in 2011. Her areas of expertise are comparative politics and political philosophy, with a special focus on lesser developed countries. She teaches World Civilizations and International Relations, Comparative Government and Politics and Poverty, as well as several special topics classes focusing on the Middle East and Africa. Her research interests include foreign aid and decolonization, sovereignty and international law, and the merging of classical political philosophy with current studies on poverty and politics in young democracies.  She is currently working on her doctorate at Claremont Graduate University.

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David John Marley

David John Marley

Associate Professor of History

B.A., Vanguard University
Ph.D., George Washington University

About David

Dr. Marley began teaching at Vanguard in 2003. He teaches a wide variety of classes, including American Religious History, The Civil War, Ancient Greece, and the History of Disneyland. Marley’s first book, Pat Robertson: An American Life, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2007. He has appeared on the History Channel, published articles in scholarly journals, a chapter for an anthology on the civil rights movement, over a dozen book reviews, and editorials for the History News Network

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John Wilson

John Wilson

Professor of History; Chair, Department of History and Political Science

B.A., UC Santa Barbara
Ph.D., Northwestern University

About John

Dr. Wilson joined the Vanguard faculty in 1989. He teaches a variety of American history topics. including U.S. History, World Civilizations, Women in American History, The Good Old Days, Contemporary U.S., U.S. Military History, History of Baseball, Twentieth- Century Europe, History of England, Vietnam War, World War II, and Historiography. An active scholar, he has published several books, including The History of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics; A New Research Guide in History; Turbulence Aloft: The Civil Aeronautics Administration Amid Wars and Rumors of Wars, 1935-1953; Herbert Hoover and the Armed Forces; and Forging the American Character: Readings in United States History. His scholarly writings cover topics such as aviation history, military history, baseball history, and the history of American foreign policy. His most recent book is Jackie Robinson and the American Dilemma (Pearson Longman), which appeared in January 2009.  He serves as advisor to Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society.

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Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson

Professor of History

B.A., Southern California College
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

About Mike

Dr. Wilson became a member of the Vanguard faculty in 1998. His specialties are United States history, Chinese history, and Sino-American relations. He is particularly interested in the history of Christianity in China—including the history of foreign missionaries to that country as well as the development of the indigenous Chinese church. Dr. Wilson teaches upper division courses in U.S. and Chinese history. He leads teams of Vanguard students to China periodically in the summers. His first book, America’s False Friend: Americans, Chiang Kai-shek, and the Nationalist Revolution in China, will be published by Lexington Books. He serves as advisor to Vanguard’s study abroad programs.

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Kevin Walker

Kevin Walker

Assistant Professor of Political Science

B.A., Azusa Pacific University
M.A., Claremont Graduate University
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

About Kevin

Dr. Walker was a member of the Vanguard faculty from 2006-2008 and returned in 2012 after receiving his Ph.D. in American Politics in 2010. His dissertation was on the Supreme Court in the Progressive Era, which examined the early days of “substantive due process,” its conflict with various regulatory laws in the states, and the evolution of American constitutionalism. Professor Walker has continued to research and write on various aspects of his dissertation, as well as the history of law, religion and politics, education policy, American political culture, and political philosophy. He has published in a variety of academic and popular journals, including the Review of Politics and the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and he received research awards from the National Institute for the Humanities and Claremont McKenna College’s Rose Institute. Teaching, however, is his highest calling: for him, liberal education is about inviting students into the “great conversation,” and engaging the texts on the “best of what’s been thought and said,” which he believes is illuminated by Christian faith.

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Cheryl Jensen

Cheryl Jensen

Administrative Assistant, Social Sciences

About Cheryl

Cheryl came to Vanguard in 2004 as the Administrative Assistant for Social Sciences which services the Anthropology & Sociology and History & Political Science Departments. She has worked in a variety of companies including an aerospace
corporation, a Christian elementary school and a manufacturer’s rep firm. She has a heart for students and is available to help in any area relating to History & Political Science Department matters.

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