Kristen McCabe Lashua
B.A., Pacific Lutheran University
M.A., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Dr. Lashua is delighted to join the Vanguard faculty in the fall of 2015. Her dissertation explored how and why Londoners sent destitute children all over the world to help build the British Empire, c. 1600-1760. Her research interests include Britain and its empire, the Atlantic World and colonial America, and the history of childhood. She has presented her work at conferences in the U.S. and Canada and has been interviewed for several history podcasts, including BackStory with the American History Guys on NPR. At Vanguard, she teaches a variety of history classes, including the U.S. survey, upper division courses in European and early American history, and special topics classes in world history such as the history of human rights.
B.A., Vanguard University
M.A., Claremont Graduate University
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.
B.A., Azusa Pacific University
M.A., Claremont Graduate University
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
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.
B.A., UC Santa Barbara
Ph.D., Northwestern University
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.
B.A., Southern California College
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
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.
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.