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Carla Lovett, M.A.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of History

Blanchard 209


Carla Lovett came to Wheaton College in 2008 after six years on the faculty at Eastern Nazarene College in Boston, MA. Lovett’s research interests primarily involve the field of history, but also include anthropology, world geography, and international relations. Her graduate training at Boston University focused on the social and political history of modern Europe and she wrote a dissertation on the disconnect between the working class and the church in late 19th century industrial Vienna.  She has also explored similar themes elsewhere to include ethnic, gendered, political, and economic non-elites, and perceived non-elites – the marginalized, oppressed, non-Western, and/or “mis-developed” – in a number of world areas and in a variety of historical and pre-historical contexts.

In addition to teaching, Lovett enjoys investing in the lives of students in other ways.  She has served as faculty advisor for Junior Research Papers and independent study projects, and has led Passage groups and several summer travel courses to Europe.  She and her husband Stephen, on faculty in Wheaton’s Math Department, have an “open door” policy at home which means students often come over for movie and game nights, ice cream socials, Thanksgiving dinner, or other events.  Summer research students have even joined Lovett at her family’s farm on the Maine coast.  Otherwise, Lovett can be found eating with students in SAGA, in the stands of soccer, football, and basketball games, or at any number of other campus sporting, musical, or theatrical events.

Lovett and her husband live two blocks from campus in a Victorian-era fixer-upper with their daughter Anne, foxhound Dublin, and a miscellaneous assortment of international graduate students.  They attend the Lombard Church of the Nazarene and avidly support missions work – Stephen’s parents were career missionaries, the Lovetts have led or participated in many missions trips, and Carla currently spends much of her free time in Costa Rica as the partnership coordinator for one of the longest-running and most successful district partnerships in the Church of the Nazarene.

Boston University

Boston University
M.A., 1999

Yale University
B.A., 1990

  • Contemporary Europe
  • History of Cold War Europe
  • Holocaust Studies
  • American Historical Association
  • The Historical Society
  • Conference on Faith and History

Special Dispensation?: Parish Reform in Industrial Vienna, 1875-1914
2008 Conference on Faith & History, Bluffton University, September 2008

The Spirit Makes the Difference?: Working Class Life in Industrial Vienna, 1875-1914
ENC Public Lecture Series, Boston, MA

Decisions, Influences, Mentors, and Work: Becoming a Christian Historian
2006 CFH Undergraduate Conference, Oklahoma Baptist University

The Lost Spirit of Joseph II: Parish Reform and Working Class Vienna in the Late 19th Century
Gordon College, Conference on Faith and History Northeast Regional Meeting

Secularization Theory Re-Examined: Religion in Working Class Vienna, 1875-1914
Junior Fellows Conference, Volume XIII, Vienna: Institut Fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, July 2004

  • World History (HIST 105 coordinator and seminar professor)
  • HIST 290: Understanding Europe, 1950-Present
  • History of Cold War Europe
  • Special Topics in History: The Holocaust
  • HIST 349: Origins of Contemporary Europe

Non-ceramic Portable Artifacts, Landscape Archaeology: Prehistoric Settlement, Subsistence, and Environment of Kosrae, Eastern Caroline Islands, Micronesia
Carla Lovett, 1993

Analysis of Shell and Basalt Adzes from the Leo Palace Hotel Site, Archaeological Investigations at the Leo Palace Site, Naton, Tumon Bay, Guam: Volume 1: Archaeological Data Recovery, Burial Recovery and Monitoring
Carla Lovett, 1992

Analysis of Shell and Bone Fishhooks from the Leo Palace Hotel Site, Archaeological Investigations at the Leo Palace Site, Naton, Tumon Bay, Guam: Volume 1: Archaeological Data Recovery, Burial Recovery and Monitoring
Carla Lovett, 1992