Scott Lingenfelter, Ph. D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of History
On Faculty since 2012

Office: BL 211
Phone: (630)752-5116
Fax: (630)752-5294


Ph.D. University of Illinois (Chicago)

M.A. History, University of Illinois (Chicago)

M.A. Intercultural Studies, Wheaton College Graduate School

B. A. Oklahoma State University

About Scott Lingenfelter

During college, Lingenfelter began taking a variety of history courses and especially enjoyed Russian, Chinese and Japanese history. He considered a career in the ministry and was interested in the church under Communist rule in the former Soviet Union, which led to a study of the Russian language.

In 1991, while working at Wheaton College in the Institute for East-West Christian Studies, he led a student exchange program to the Soviet Union and witnessed firsthand the failed coup attempt against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

“Being there at this dramatic historical moment cemented my interest in that part of world,” he said. “I remember looking out of the window where I was staying at a blocks-long Russian flag floating down the avenue as people were trying to overthrow the plotters of the coup. I walked around the palace square in what was then Leningrad and listened to the speeches by protesters about a new Russia.” 

Lingenfelter has taught a wide range of courses, including History and Culture of Russia, History and Culture of China, and Western Civilization, and he also designed online History courses. Lingenfelter enjoys working with students at this pivotal time in their lives. “It’s a time for teachers to invest in them as people and to cultivate their gifts and abilities,” he said.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
  • Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History & Culture (ASEC)


Russia in the 21st Century (Kona Publishing, 2012)  

"Konstantin Petrovich Pobedonostev,” in Notorious Lives (Salem Press, 2007)

Co-Editor (with Mark Elliott), Ethics in the Russian Marketplace: An Anthology (Institute for East-West Christian Studies: Wheaton, IL 1992)


During 2012-13, Dr. Lingenfelter has taught HIST 391, History & Culture of Modern Russia, as well as HIST 105, World History.   Dr. Lingenfelter is also an instructor at the College of DuPage (2000-Present) and Roosevelt University (2005-Present) and an online instructor at the American InterContinental University (2011-Present).

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