Mark Amstutz, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science, Department of Politics and International Relations
On Faculty since 1972

Phone: (630)752-5898


Ph.D., International Relations, School of International Service, American University, Washington, D. C., 1972.

M.A., Latin American Studies, American University, 1967.

B.A., History, Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y., 1965.

About Mark Amstutz

Professor Amstutz' major academic interests are in international affairs and, more specifically, the role of ethics in the conduct of foreign relations. He has written international relations texts and undertaken pioneering research on the role of international political morality. His International Ethics book is used widely in American colleges and universities. The fourth edition was published in 2013. In 2005 he published The Healing of Nations, which addresses the challenges of confronting and overcoming regime human rights abuses. His most recent 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 and the results of his investigation will be published by Eerdmans in 2017. The anticipated title of the book is Just Immigration: U.S. Policy in Christian Perspective.

For more than four decades Prof. Amstutz' passion has been to teach and equip Wheaton students to serve the Kingdom of Christ in public life--whether through law, political organizations, government, the military, think tanks, education, relief and development agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

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 Tate and Elsa Dahlgren and Eleanor, Brendan, and Tyler Wiltfang.

Professor Amstutz is a member of a local church and loves sailing and cycling.

Courses Taught

  • International Politics
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Ethics and U. S. Foreign Policy
  • Third World Politics and Development
  • Forgiveness and Political Reconciliation
  • International Law
  • Senior Seminar

Other Courses He Has Taught

  • Theories of War and Peace
  • Leadership
  • International Human Rights and Foreign Policy
  • Freedom: Theory and Practice (funded with Templeton Foundation grant)

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association


His main area of research interest is international political ethics. Currently he is carrying out research on the political ethics of immigration.



Amstutz, Mark R. Evangelicals and American Foreign Policy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014). View on >>

Amstutz, Mark R. International Ethics: Concepts, Theories, and Cases in Global Politics, 4th Ed (Boulder: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). View on >>

Amstutz, Mark R. The Rules of the Game: A Primer on International Relations (Boulder:Paradigm Publishers, 2008).

Amstutz, Mark R. The Healing of Nations: The Promise and Limits of Political Forgiveness, ( Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004).

Amstutz, Mark R. International Conflict and Cooperation : An Introduction to World Politics, 2 ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1999).

Amstutz, Mark R. Christian Ethics and U.S. Foreign Policy (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academie Books, 1987)


Amstutz, Mark R., "Two Theories of Immigration," First Things (December 2015), pp. 37-42.

Amstutz, Mark R., "Reinhold Niebuhr's Christian Realism and the Bush Doctrine," in Eric Peterson, ed., Christianity and Power Politics Today: Chrisitan Realism and Contemporary Political Dilemmas (London:Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008), pp. 117-135.

Amstutz, Mark R., "The Bush Doctrine: A Niebuhrian Assessment," The Review of Faith and International Affairs, 5, Winter 2007), pp. 25-33.

Amstutz, Mark R., "Human Rights and the Promise of Political Forgiveness" Review and Expositor, 105 (Fall 2007), pp. 553-577.

Amstutz, Mark R., "Is Reconciliation Possible After Genocide?: The Case of Rwanda," Journal of Church and State, 48 (Summer 2006), pp. 541-565.

Amstutz, Mark R., "Restorative Justice, Political Forgiveness and the Possibility of Political Reconciliation," in Daniel Philpott, ed., The Politics of Past Evil: Religion, Recondiliationa nd the Dilemmas of Transitional Justice (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2006), pp. 151-188.

Amstutz, Mark R., "Who is My Neighbor? The Moral Responsibility to Halt Genocide," Books & Culture, May/June 2003, pp. l8-20.

Amstutz, Mark R., "Faith-Based NGOs and U.S. Foreign Policy," in Elliott Abrams, ed., The Influence of Faith: Religious Groups & U.S. Foreign Policy (Boulder: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001), pp. 175-187

Amstutz, Mark R., "Failure and Hope: Church and State in South Africa," Books & Culture, March/April 2000, pp. 18-19.

Amstutz, Mark R., Charalambakis, John E. and Ewert, Norman, "Globalization, Human Rights and Civil Society," in Civil Society: A Foundation for Sustainable Economic Development (published by Coalition for Christian Colleges & Universities and Mercy Corps International, 1998

Amstutz, Mark R., "After the Death Squads," Books & Culture, July/August 1997, pp. 25-27

Amstutz, Mark R. "Religion and Politics in South Africa: Christian Churches During the Apartheid Era," Christian Scholar's Review, vol. 25, No. 1 (September 1995), pp. 8-29. Selected for "Christian Scholar's Award" for 1995.

Amstutz, Mark R., "The Churches and Third World Poverty" in Max L. Stackhouse, Dennis P. McCann and Shirley Roels, eds, On Moral Business: Classical and Contemporary Resources for Ethics in Economic Life (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995), pp. 817-825.

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