Kenneth Calvert

Kenneth Calvert

Professor of History, Director of the Oxford Program
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.”
— Psalm 139, A Psalm of David


B.A. in Liberal Arts, Wheaton College (IL)

M.Div. in Ancient Christian Studies, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

Th.M. in Ancient Christian Studies, Harvard University

Ph.D. in Ancient History, Miami University of Ohio


Dr. Kenneth Calvert joined the history faculty of Hillsdale College in 1996. He holds degrees from Wheaton College (B.A.), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Harvard University (Th.M.), and Miami University of Ohio (Ph.D.). During the winter of 1986, Dr. Calvert lived in Pakistan, serving Afghan refugees during the Russian War. In 1988 and 1989, he attended Bristol and Oxford Universities as a visiting scholar.

Since 1999, Dr. Calvert has served as director of the College’s Oxford Study Abroad Program. He received the Emily Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence at Hillsdale College in 1999, and in 2000, he was named Professor of the Year. In addition to his professorial duties, Dr. Calvert served as headmaster of Hillsdale Academy from 2002 until 2018. During that time, Hillsdale Academy assisted in the work and establishment of numerous private classical schools. Dr. Calvert now teaches ancient history as a full professor at Hillsdale College.

Dr. Calvert and his wife of 30 years, Beth, have three children—Joel, Claire, and Ian. All three are graduates of Hillsdale Academy, and Joel is a 2016 graduate of Hillsdale College. Claire and Ian are current students at Hillsdale College.

Dr. Calvert’s research interests include Hellenistic Greece, the Roman Republic and the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire, and the early history of Islam. He has published in scholarly and popular publications on ancient history, the history of Christianity, and classical education.