Steven D. Edgington Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor of History

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  • 1977 - B.A., Social Science, Pacific Christian College, Fullerton, California
  • 1980 - M.A., Social Science, California State University, Fullerton State University, Fullerton
  • 1989 - 1990 - Visiting Research Associate
    Department of History, University of Zimbabwe
  • 1996 - Ph.D., History, University of California, Los Angeles


  • 1980-1983
    California Government History Documentation Project       
    Oral History Program, California State University, Fullerton
  • 1982-1983      
    California Government History Documentation Project
    Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1980-1990      
    Continuing Adjunct Faculty in History, Pacific Christian College
  • 1987-1988      
    Adjunct Faculty in History, Southern California College (now Vanguard University) Costa Mesa, California
  • 1990-1994
    Assistant Professor of Social Science, Pacific Christian College
  • 1990-2001
    Head Women’s Softball Coach, Pacific Christian College
  • 1994-2002      
    Associate Professor of History
    Pacific Christian College of Hope International University
  • 2002-present  
    Professor of History
    Hope International University
  • 2004-2011     
    Vice President of Academic Affairs, Hope International University and Academic Dean of Pacific Christian College of Hope International University.
  • 2011-2023 
    Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Hope International University
  • 2021-present 
    Vice President of Academic Affairs, Hope International University


Lower Division

  • American Government
  • World History since 1500
  • World History to 1500
  • U.S. History Survey
  • U.S. History since 1865
  • U.S. History to 1865

Upper Division

  • American Crossroads, 1960-1974
  • Social Science Theories
  • 20th Century U.S. History since 1945
  • 20th Century U.S. History to 1945
  • Southern Africa since 1800
  • The “Third World”: Asia, Africa, and Latin America in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Revolution and Modern History
  • Modern Europe since 1945
  • California History and Government (travel course)
  • Professional Issues in Biblical Perspective
  • Seminar in History: Colonial Zimbabwe
  • Seminar in History: America in the Kennedy-Johnson Years


  • Faculty Excellence Award, Hope International University, 2002
  • American Historical Association
  • Conference on Faith and History


  • Colonial Zimbabwe
  • Economic and Social History of Christian Missions in Africa
  • 20th Century U.S. Civil Rights history
  • California Political History, 1960s and 1970s


  • Book Review of Vincent D. Rougeau. Christians in the American Empire: Faith and Citizenship in the New World Order (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2008) in Stone-Campbell Journal, Fall 2010.
  • Edgington, Steven D. and Lawrence B. de Graaf, eds. The "Kitchen Cabinet": Four California Citizen-Advisors of Ronald Reagan. California State University, Fullerton Oral History Program, 1983.
  • Edgington, Steven D. and Harvey P. Grody, eds. Legislative-Governor Relations in the Reagan Years: Five Views. California State University, Fullerton Oral History Program, 1983. (Authored the Introduction of this volume). California State University, Fullerton Oral History Program, 1983.
  • Additional Oral History interviews on California government history published by the University of California, Los Angeles, including Evelle Younger, Philip Watson, Anthony Beilenson, and Yvonne Braithwaite Burke. 1983.
  • Series of newspaper articles written in 1995 for the Anaheim Bulletin on Anaheim history, including articles on Helen Modjeska, the Ku Klux Klan in Anaheim, the Earthquake of 1933.
  • Oral History Interview of former State Senator Art Torres, August 2003, publication by California State University, Fullerton Center for Oral and Public History, 2004.


Settlers like the rest”: The Accommodation of Christian Missions on the Mashonaland High Veld to the White Settler Culture in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1890-1939” paper presented at the Conference on Faith and History National Meeting, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts,  October 3-6, 2012.

“African Labor and Social Control on Mission Farms of the Mashonaland Highveld, Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1940” paper presented at the Conference on Faith and History National Meeting, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon, October 6-9, 2010.

"'A Goldwater Conservative, But Not Harsh'" paper presented for a session on "The New Conservatism: The Reagan Gubernatorial Years as Precursor" at the Oral History Association Meeting, October 24, 1986, Long Beach, California.

"Mission Farms on the Mashonaland High Veld, 1890-1930s" paper presented at the Pre-History Society, June 1989, Queen Victoria Museum, Harare, Zimbabwe.

"'A Stronger Hold Over the Boys': Social Control and Christian Missions in Colonial Zimbabwe" paper presented at the Far West Chapter, Conference on Faith and History Meeting, April 17, 1998, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California.

"Appropriating Divine Favor: Cases in the History of Southern Africa" paper presented at the FarWest Chapter, Conference on Faith and History Meeting, April 12, 2002. Hope International University, Fullerton, California.


Basketball, Fastpitch Softball, Pleasure Reading, Classical Music, Theater, and travel:

  • Europe, 1981: United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland
  • Europe, 1983: Led a group of 8 students in study travel for 38 days: U.K. (including an 8 day mini-course on "Religion in British Society"), France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland
  • Zimbabwe, June-July 1987: United Kingdom, Zimbabwe , Zambia
  • Zimbabwe, February- August 1989
  • Zimbabwe, June-August 1990
  • Poland, 1998: Co-led small group of students on trip to Belgium, Germany, Poland
  • U.K., 2000: Cambridge, Norwich, London


I view my mission as helping students make important connections and form satisfying explanations through historical and social science inquiry.

"History doesn't repeat itself, but sometimes it rhymes." - Mark Twain

Romans 12:1-2: "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind . . ."