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History and Political Thought

School of Arts and Sciences


Associate Professor of History and Theology

Clint J. Armstrong

Degrees Earned

  • University of California, Irvine, CA, Ph.D. 2012
  • Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, M.Div. 2001
  • Washington University, St. Louis, MO, M.A. 2001
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, B.A. 1996

Research Interests

  • Greek and Latin literature; epic; Augustan poetry, especially Ovid; history of literature; ancient history of Greece and Rome; mythology; New Testament

Teaching Interests

  • Greek and Latin language and readings; ancient history; mythology; social history; Bible; New Testament readings

Assistant Professor of History

Caleb Karges

Degrees Earned

  • University of St Andrews, PhD, 2016
  • University of St Andrews, MLitt, 2010
  • Concordia University Irvine, BA, 2009

Research Interests

  • Early Modern Warfare, Strategy, Austrian History, British History, War of the Spanish Succession, Fiscal-Military State

Teaching Interests

  • Military History, European History, International Relations
Jeffrey Mallinson

Professor of Philosophy and Theology


  • DPhil Oxford University, England, 2000
  • B.A. Concordia University, Irvine

Professional Experience

  • Union College, KY: Assistant Professor, 2001-2003
  • Colorado Christian University: Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Dean of Theology, 2003-2008
  • Trinity Lutheran College: Academic Dean and Professor of Theology and Philosophy, 2008-2012
  • Concordia University Irvine: Associate Professor, 2012 – 2016, Professor, 2016 –
  • Co-host, Virtue in the Wasteland Podcast, 2013-

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Reformation and Early Modern Thought
  • The History of Lutheran Education in America
  • Virtue Ethics and Christian Sexuality
  • Religion and Popular Culture

Recent Publications

  • Sexy: The Quest for Erotic Virtue in Perplexing Times (NRP, 2017).
  • Associate Ed., Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).
  • “Scientology,” in The Christian Difference (CPH, 2017).
  • With Russell Dawn, “A Genealogy of Lutheran Higher Education,” in The Idea and Practice of a Christian University: A Lutheran Approach, Scott Ashmon ed. (CPH, 2015).
  • “How We Know,” in Learning at the Foot of the Cross: A Lutheran Vision for Education, Angus Menuge and Joel Heck eds. (Concordia University Press, 2012).
  • “Epistemology of the Cross: A Lutheran Response to Philosophical Theisms,” in Theologia et Apologia: Essays in Reformation Theology and its Defense Presented to Rod Rosenbladt, Adam Francisco, Korey Maas, and Steven Mueller eds. (Wipf & Stock, 2007).
  • Faith, Reason, and Revelation in Theodore Beza (1519-1605) (Oxford University Press, 2003).

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