Douglas Koopman

Douglas Koopman is a professor of political science and the director of the Center for Social Research at Calvin College. His academic interests include studying congress and the presidency, political economy, American political theory, and religion and domestic politics. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Catholic University, and his M.T.S. from Wesley Seminary.


Volume 69

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Guests on Volume 69: John McWhorter, author of Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care, on the death of formal speech; Douglas Koopman, on the mis-steps and misunderstandings that hampered the Bush administration's implementation of Faith-Based Initiatives; Daniel Ritchie, on the survival of “Great Books” programs at religious colleges; Vincent Miller, on how the commodification of everything affects our sense of religious faith and practice (and on how we can resist); and Barrett Fisher, on the sources of humor in the two versions of The Ladykillers, and on the history of very serious thinking about what makes something funny.