The Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger
Director of the Krauth Memorial Library; Professor, History of Christianity
Education: BS, Cairn University, 1974; MDiv, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 1980; MA, Russian and East European Studies, University of Michigan, 1987; PhD, History, University of Michigan 1992; MLS, Drexel University 1996; Theological Studies at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal, 1976-1977; Summer Session, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, 1983.
Karl Krueger’s fascination with books and the role of religion in the immigrant experience led him to study history at the University of Michigan and write a dissertation on the congregations of the Polish-speaking Lutheran Mazurians in East Prussia and the United States. He has created an online graduate course that explores the religious history, piety, and migration experience of East Europeans to the United States and a seminar about the history of the Bible in print entitled BOOK OF FAITH: PRINT, POLITICS, PUBLIC EVENT. He also teaches the history of LUTHERANS IN NORTH AMERICA.
Before coming to the Krauth Memorial Library, Dr. Krueger worked in the Rare Book Room of the University of Michigan and as Public Services Librarian at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, a library and museum that was dedicated to American Ethnic Life and Immigration History. Dr. Krueger has attended the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia (2000, 2002, 2010, and 2012), and in 2007 was selected from a national pool of candidates to participate in the Reformation of the Book Seminar that was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The five week seminar met in Antwerp, London, and Oxford, England. He has published articles in the LUTHERAN QUARTERLY, CHURCH HISTORY, and the ATLA Proceedings, presented a paper at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in St. Louis, Missouri in 2008, and at the International Symposium on Henry Muhlenberg in Halle, Germany in 2011. He was the keynote speaker at the Bishop’s Convocation, SEPA Synod (2011), and the keynote speaker at SEPA Synod Asembly in 2012.
Karl Krueger is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has served congregations in Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada.