Perry Bush's CV

Curriculum Vitae: Perry Bush,  
Professor of History, Bluffton University

Department of History                                    126 Sunset Dr.
Bluffton University                                          Bluffton, OH 45817
1 University Dr.
Bluffton, OH 45817
(419) 358-3278


Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Ph.D. (History) August, 1990; M.A. (History) May, 1987
Dissertation Title: "Drawing the Line: American Mennonites, the State, and Social Change, 1935-1973"

University of California, Berkeley, California B.A. (Political Science) June, 1981 with highest honors

Honors, Awards and Grants:

Selected as a Fulbright Scholar by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, U.S. Department of State, April, 2011, for teaching at Zaporozhye National University, Zaporozhye, Ukraine, Spring 2012.

Awarded the Charles DeBenedetti Prize in Peace History from the Peace History Society in 2003-2004 (for "The Political Education of Vietnam Christian Service, 1954-1975," Peace and         Change, 27:2 {April, 2002}: 198-224).

Participant, the Rhodes Consultation on the Future of the Church-Related College, 2000-2002

Book Dancing with the Kobzar was accepted for inclusion into the Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History book series, Fall 1999

Book Two Kingdoms, Two Loyalties was nominated for the Philip Schaff Prize from the American Society for Church History and the Awards in Excellence in the Study of Religion, in the category of First Book in the History of Religions, by the American Academy of Religion, Fall, 1999.

Awarded the C. Henry Smith Peace Lectureship, 1997-1998

Recipient, Research Grants, Bluffton College Study Center, 1995, 1997 and 2001

Chosen as a Young Scholar in American Religion at the Center for the Study of Religion and  American Culture, 1994 (had to decline participation in the larger program).

Awarded the Dean Shirley Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Phillips University, 1992-1993

Recipient, Research Grants, from Oklahoma Foundation for the Humanities and the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, Wheaton, Illinois, 1991



Rust Belt Resistance: How a Small Community took on Big Oil and Won, Kent, Ohio:  Kent State  University Press, 2012

Dancing with the Kobzar: Bluffton College and Mennonite Higher Education, Telford, Pennsylvania: Pandora Press US, 2000.

Two Kingdoms, Two Loyalties: Mennonite Pacifism in Modern America, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.

Articles in refereed journals:

"A 'Creative Tension': Mennonite Central Committee, Christian Peacemaker Teams, and the Justice Imperative, 1984-2006," in Alain Epp Weaver, ed., A Table of Sharing: Mennonite Central Committee and the Expanding Networks of Mennonite Identity (Telford, Pa.: Cascadia Press, 2010).

"Syllabus: War and Peace in American History," in Peace, Justice and Security Studies: A  Curriculum Guide, ed by Timothy McElwee et al (Boulder: Lynne Reiner, 2009): 515- 520.

"'If God were a Capitalist, the Mennonites would be his Favorite People'": "Economics, Mennonites, and Reflections on the Recent Literature," Journal of Mennonite Studies, 2005

"Violence, Nonviolence, and the Search for Answers in History," in J .Denny Weaver and Gerald Biesecker-Mast, eds., Teaching Peace: Nonviolence and the Liberal Arts, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), 77-88.

"Bluffton College and Progressive Anabaptism, 1899-1999," in James Hodges and James O'Donnell, eds., Cradles of Conscience: Ohio's Independent Colleges and Universities, Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2003), 52-63.

"What Would History Look Like if 'Peace and Justice' Really Mattered?" Fides Et Historia,  XXXIV: 1 (Winter/Spring, 2002): 49-56.

"The Political Education of Vietnam Christian Service, 1954-1975," Peace and Change, 27:2   (April, 2002): 198-224.

"Anabaptist Visions at the Library of Congress (and Other Tales from the Edge of Evangelicalism)" in David Weaver-Zercher, ed., Minding the Church: Scholarship in the Anabaptist Tradition (Telford, PA: Pandora Press, US, 2002), 72-86.

"Economic Justice and the Evangelical Historian," Fides et Historia XXXIII: 1 (Winter/Spring, 2001): 11-27.

"'United Progressive Mennonites': Bluffton College and Mennonite Higher Education, 1913-1945," Mennonite Quarterly Review LXXIIV (July, 2000): 357-380.

"The Solidification of Nonresistance: Bluffton and World War, 1917-1945," Mennonite Life 55:1 (March, 2000): 1-10.

"Vietnam and the Burden of Mennonite History," Conrad Grebel Review, 17:2 (Spring, 1999): 5-27.

"The Flexibility of the Center: Mennonite Church Conflict in the 1960s," Mennonite Quarterly Review, LXXII (April, 1998): 189-206.

"Anabaptism Born Again: Mennonites, New Evangelicals, and the Search for a Usable Past, 1950-1980," Fides et Historia XXV (Winter-Spring, 1993): 26-47.

"Military Service, Religious Faith, and Acculturation: Mennonite G.I.'s and their Church, 1941-  1945," Mennonite Quarterly Review LXVII (July, 1993): 261-282.

"'We have Learned to Question Government': Mennonite Dissent from Church-State Compromise, 1940-1945," Mennonite Life 45 (June, 1990): 13-17.

"A Neighborhood, a Hollow, and the Bloomfield Bridge: the Relationship between Community and Infrastructure," Pittsburgh History, 74 (Winter, 1991): 160-172.

I've published an additional six articles in the popular press; a full list is available upon request:


Twenty-one reviews published in various journals such as The American Historical Review, The Journal of American History, Peace and Change, The Journal of Social History, Church History and Fides et Historia. (A full list is available upon quest)

Papers delivered:

Eighteen papers delivered at various professional and academic conferences (a full list is available upon request)

Other research and teaching experience:

1990-1994 Assistant Professor of History, Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma

1988-89, Instructor, Community College of Baltimore (taught part-time in Patuxent Institution, a  maximum security Maryland state penitentiary near Jessup, Maryland).

January to September, 1989: Historical Consultant, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,  Washington, DC.

Summer, 1988: historian, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC.

Courses taught: (last ten years only):

  • Foundations of American Civilization
  • History: Theory and Application
  • The Making of Contemporary America
  • History Research Seminar
  • African American History
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • US Women's History
  • War and Peace in American History
  • Ohio and the Old Northwest
  • Issues in Modern America
  • Christian Values in the Global Community
  • Community Transformed (honors program)
  • American Studies: The Making of Recent America (MA. Ed. program)

Community and academic service:

1994-present: numerous public speaking appearances, workshop presentations, preaching engagements and a few local television and radio appearances (a full list is available upon request).

2005-2011: Chair, Department of History and Religion, Bluffton University,

2007-2008: Chair of Faculty, Bluffton University.

2005-2007: Vice-Chair of Faculty, Bluffton University.

2005 to present: Historian, Central District Conference, Mennonite Church USA.

2003-2004: Manager, campaign of Mitch Kingsley for Allen County Commissioner.

Member, Executive Committee, Allen County Democratic Party, 1999-2011; Vice-President  2000-2008; Chair of the Central Committee, 2000 to 2011; candidate recruitment subcommittee, Fall 1999, Fall 2001, Fall, 2003.

2002-present: Member, Executive Board, Mennonite Historical Society.

2000-2007: Consulting Editor to Mennonite Life.

2003-2004: consultant to Lima (OH) City Schools for curriculum unit on local history.

Anonymous reader for book manuscripts: University of North Carolina Press; Johns Hopkins University Press; Indiana University Press; University of Toronto Press

Co-Manager, campaign of Mitch Kingsley for Allen County Commissioner, Spring-Fall, 2000

1988–1990: Vice-president, Board of Directors, DC Habitat for Humanity, Inc.,

1986–1987: Member, Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity, Inc.,

Professional Organizations:

Organization of American Historians
Conference on Faith and History

Mennonite Historical Society
Peace History Society

Spring, 2012