Mark R. Amstutz is a professor emeritus of political science at Wheaton College (Ill.) and is among the longest-serving faculty members in Wheaton College history. During his 44 years of service Dr. Amstutz has launched Wheaton’s political science department, developed study abroad programs, and pioneered research in international ethics.
Dr. Amstutz’s major academic interests are in international affairs and, more specifically, the role of ethics in the conduct of foreign relations. His book International Ethics is used widely in American colleges and universities. In 2005 he wrote The Healing of Nations: the Promise and Limits of Political Forgiveness, which addresses the challenges of confronting and overcoming regime human rights abuses through political reconciliation. His book Evangelicals and American Foreign Policy, published in 2014, describes and assesses the role of Evangelicals in global affairs. In recent years he has carried out research on the political ethics of U.S. immigration policy, resulting in the publication of Just Immigration: U.S. Policy in Christian Perspective, published in 2017.
Prof. Amstutz grew up in Latin America and has traveled widely as a teacher and scholar. He has directed programs in Europe and Cuba and led a two-week program in Argentina and Chile in 2011. For more than a decade he served as a reserve naval attaché, retiring as a Commander from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1993.
He and his wife Donna, a clinical psychologist, have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of five.