The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy is now open.  Our office hours are from: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. Please refer to the COVID-19 Resource Guide for all matters related to the return to campus.  All visitors and vendors must fill out the Columbia University Health Screening Form.  We look forward to seeing you on campus.


Jan Bender Shetler

Professor of History



Jan Bender Shetler teaches World History, particularly Africa and the developing world, at Goshen College. Her research is on oral tradition, social identity and landscape memory in the western Serengeti, Tanzania. Before teaching she worked eleven years for Mennonite Central Committee doing community development in Ethiopia, the Congo and Tanzania. Courses such a as Ethnic Conflict, Global Poverty, Environmental History and Women’s History reflect her desire to connect history with issues of current concern.


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