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Robert Linder

Professor of history

To Robert Linder, the most important things in life are history, religion, politics and baseball.

Linder specializes in the history of religion, specifically the history of modern Christianity from the Reformation to current times and the history of religion and politics in Europe, Australia and the U.S. He is also an avid baseball fan.

He has taught courses on the history of Western Civilization, Christianity, the Reformation, religion in American history and the history of baseball in American culture. Some of his current projects include a biography of former Kansas Gov. Frank Carlson and revisions of two of his previous books, "The Political Ideas of Pierre Viret" and "Civil Religion and the Presidency."

Linder has published 17 books and more than one 125 scholarly articles. He recently completed a million-word manuscript, "Between Heaven and Hell: A History of Australian Evangelical Christianity, 1788-2000." He also was the co-editor, author of the introduction and contributor to the award-winning "A Dictionary of Christianity in America."

He served eight years on the Manhattan City Commission in the 1970s and was twice the mayor of Manhattan, from 1971-1972 and 1978-1979.

Linder joined Kansas State University in 1965. He has bachelor's degrees in history and political science from Emporia State University and a master's degree and doctorate in history from the University of Iowa.

He can be contacted at 785-532-0372 or rdl@k-state.edu.