Visiting Assistant Professor of History
On Faculty since 2008
Office: BL 209
Ph.D. Candidate, Boston University
M.A., Boston University, 1999
B.A. Yale University, 1990
About Carla Lovett
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, cultural, and political history of modern Europe with an emphasis on the social history of religion.
Lovett has combined this work with a personal interest in the lives of what Natalie Zemon Davis and others call the menu people to write a dissertation on the disconnect between the working class and the church in late 19th century industrial Vienna for which Lovett received the Boston University Humanities Foundation Award for Excellence in Writing. She also has explored broader interpretations of this term, 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 and research, Lovett spends a significant amount of time investing in the lives of students. She serves as faculty advisor for Junior Research Papers and independent study projects, and often leads field trips to local cultural and historical sites. Her “open door” policy at home means she regularly has students over – whether for movie and game nights, “meat with a prof” feasts, Passage dinners, or other events. Summer research students have even joined Lovett at her family’s farm on the Maine coast. When not supporting students in their academic pursuits, Lovett can be found in the stands of soccer, football, and basketball games faithfully wearing blue & orange.
Lovett and her husband Stephen, also on faculty in Wheaton’s Math Department, live two blocks from campus in a large Victorian fixer-upper with their daughter Anne, foxhound Dublin, and a miscellaneous assortment of graduate students. They attend the Naperville Trinity Church of the Nazarene where they teach a Sunday School class for college students, sing in the choir, and work with children. The Lovetts avidly support missions work – Stephen’s parents are missionaries in Kenya, the Lovetts have led or participated in numerous missions trips, and Carla currently serves as the district missionary president for the ~70 churches in the Chicago Central District of the Church of the Nazarene.
Memberships in Professional Societies
- American Historical Association
- The Historical Society
- Conference on Faith and History
Conference Papers & Published Articles
"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, October 16, 2007.
"Decisions, Influences, Mentors, and Work: Becoming a Christian Historian", Opening Address to 2006 CFH Undergraduate Conference, Oklahoma Baptist University, September 21, 2006.
"The Lost Spirit of Joseph II: Parish Reform and Working Class Vienna in the Late 19th Century", Conference on Faith and History Northeast Regional Meeting, Gordon College, MArch 25, 2006.
"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).
"Six Days You Shall Labor': Priest and Parish in Working Class Vienna, 1875-1914",ENC Public Lecture Series, Boston MA, December 4, 2003.
"Counting sheep in District X: A Story of Nineteenth Century Parish in Vienna", Junior Fellows Seminar, Institut Fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna, Austria, October 10, 2001.
"Non-ceramic Portable Artifacts," in Landscape Archaeology: Prehistoric Settlement, Subsistence, and Environment of Kosrae, Eastern Caroline Islands, Micronesia. ed. J. Stephen Athens. (Honolulu: International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc., 1993), 255-276.
A Kalaupapa Sweet Potato Farm: Report on Archaeological data Recovery Operations, Kalaupapa Airport Improvement Project, Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii: Volume 1. Co-authored with Conrad "Mac" Goodwin and Conrad Erkelens. (Honolulu: International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc., 1993).
"Analysis of Shell and Basalt Adzes from the Leo Palace Hotel Site," in Archaeological Investigations at the Leo Palace Site, Naton, Tumon Bay, Guam: Volume 1: Archaeological Data Recovery, Burial Recovery and Monitoring. B.D. Davis, M.J. Tomonari-Tuggle, and S. Wickler, authors. (Honolulu: International archaeological Research Institute, Inc., 1992), Appendix B.
"Analysis of Shell and Bone Fishhooks from the Leo Palace Hotel Site," in Archaeological Investigations at the Leo Palace Site, Naton, Tumon Bay, Guam: Volume 1: Archaeological Data Recovery, Burial Recovery and Monitoring. B.D. Davis, M.J. Tomonari-Tuggle, and S. Wickler, authors. (Honolulu: International archaeological Research Institute, Inc., 1992), Appendix B.
- 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