David Bronkema

David Bronkema

David Bronkema currently serves as the Interim Dean of Palmer Theological Seminary.  He has served as the Director of the Masters of International Development for nine years, of the MBA in Economic Development for six, and is an Associate Professor of International Development,  He also holds the Templeton Chair of Christian Service Through Entrepreneurship, and received the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching in 2010.  Dr.  Bronkema holds a B.A., Swarthmore College (Political Science); M.A., Yale University (International Relations); and a Ph.D, Yale University (Sociocultural Anthropology). Before coming to Eastern, Dr. Bronkema worked in international development for 13 years.  Dr. Bronkema has a deep interest and extensive experience in blending the academic and practitioner side of development and social change work.  He spent five years in Honduras with a local Christian development organization working closely with peasant, labor, and human rights organizations.  He then joined the American Friends Service Committee as program coordinator for the Latin America and Caribbean Region, where he supervised programs in relief, development, and advocacy, including the areas of economic justice, peacebuilding, demilitarization, and human mobility.  His publications, writings and talks have focused on the intersection between business, civil society, faith, and justice, with a particular interest in the area of spiritual metrics; Business as Mission; religion and development, community development and advocacy; and evangelical approaches to engaging the development field. He has written articles entitled, “Towards an Evangelical Theology of Advocacy,” “Business as Ministry,” “Evangelical Development Practice,” “Business as Mission Through the Lens of Development,” and “Firm Foundations:  Christian NGOs, Civil Society, and Social Change.”

Dr. Bronkema’s full curriculum vitae.

The MATCA faculty team has written an article together that has been published in Current Anthropology.  It is entitled, “Engaging the Religiously Committed Other: Anthropologists and Theologians in Dialogue.”  Read the article.

Contact Information

Phone: 610-225-5068
Fax: 484-581-1276
Email: dbronkem@eastern.edu  


  • Ph.D. Yale University (2005)
  • M.A. Yale University (1993)
  • B.A. Swarthmore College (1983)

Research Interests and Selected Publications

  • Advocating for Justice: An Evangelical Vision for Transforming Systems and Structures.  Co-authored with Stephen Offutt, Robb Davis, Greg Okesson, and Krisanne Vaillancourt-Murphy.  Grand Rapids, MI:  Baker Books. (2016)
  • “Flying Blind?  Christian NGOs and Political Economy.”  In Christian Mission and Economic Systems: A Critical Survey of the Cultural and Religious Dimensions of Economies, John Cheong and Eloise Meneses, editors.  William Carey. (2015)
  • “Democratizing Democracy as Community Development:  Insights from Popular Education in Latin America.”  Co-authored with Cornelia Flora. Community Development, 46(3), 227-243. (2015)
  • “Engaging the Religiously-Committed Other: Anthropologists and Theologians in Dialogue.”  Co-authored with Eloise Meneses, Lindy Backues, Eric Flett, and Ben Hartley.  Current Anthropology 55(1) (February): 82-104.  Published as a “Forum” article. (2014)
  • "Business as Ministry." PRISM, January/February 2012, p. 36.
  • "Evangelical Development Practice: Whither into the Future?" Guest editor of special issue of Transformation: An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies 26(2) (April 2009).
  • "Firm Foundations: Christian NGOs, Civil Society, and Social Change," in Roland Hoksbergen and Lowell Ewert, eds, Local Ownership, Global Change: Will Society Save the World? (Monrovia: World Vision/MARC) (2003)
  • "Foster Just and Sustainable Economic Development," in Glen Stassen, ed, Just Peacemaking: Ten Practices for Abolishing War (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press) (1998)

Professional Associations and Service

  • Community Development Society
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • National Association of Applied Anthropology
  • Society for Applied Anthropology
  • American Anthropological Association

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