Senior Fellow, Research
Dr. Doug Sikkema is an assistant professor of English and the Core Program, teaching courses primarily in humanities, introduction to worldview, the arts, and the occasional English course. His research area is contemporary American literature with a particular focus on the ways in which the material world is imagined by Christian writers in a postsecular culture. The main writers Doug has focused on are the poet Christian Wiman, and the novelists, Marilynne Robinson and Wendell Berry. Doug is currently working on turning his research thesis into a book length study on the postsecular Christian imagination. In addition to his research, Doug is an editor with Front Porch Republic where you will regularly find some of his writing. Doug is currently the Board Chair of Oak Hill Academy, a classical Christian school located in Ancaster that he helped cofound in 2017. Together with their four children and two retrievers, Doug and his wife Vanessa live on a small acreage outside of Hamilton where they aspire to be small-scale farmers.