Allen Carden, Ph.D.

Professor of Liberal Arts and History
Degree Completion Academic Coordinator
North Fresno Center, #311


Ph.D., History, University of California, Irvine, 1977
M.A., History, California State University, Fullerton, 1972
B.A., History, Biola College, 1971
Additional study - Talbot School of Theology

Scholarly Interests

  • Early American history, especially Puritanism and the American Revolution
  • American presidency, especially Abraham Lincoln
  • American slavery
  • California history
  • Greek and Roman foundations of western civilization
  • Research on college-going issues in America

Professional and Service Experience

I have served in numerous administrative capacities over the years in addition to serving as a faculty member. These positions have included admissions counselor, registrar, associate dean of undergraduate studies, director of winter term and associate provost at Biola University in La Mirada, California; academic vice president and president at Spring Arbor College in Spring Arbor, Michigan; president at Fresno Pacific University; and director of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium at California State University, Fresno.

Honors and Awards

Professional Affiliations

  • Conference on Faith and History
  • American Historical Association

Personal Experiences

I have been an advocate for overseas learning experiences for students and have taken 14 student groups to Europe, in addition to establishing educational exchange programs with universities in China and Russia.

Publications and Presentations

  • "The Lincoln Legacy," presentation at the Fresno County Law Day Luncheon May 2009
  • "Great Presidential Campaigns," lecture series at the Osher Lieflone Learning Institute at California State University, Fresno, October 2008: Washington, John Adams and Jefferson, John Quincy Adams and Jackson and William Henry Harrison (October 7); Lincoln, Grant, Hayes, Cleveland and Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison (October 14); Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt, Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt (October 21); Truman, Kennedy, Nixon, Carter and Reagan and George W. Bush (October 28)
  • Puritan Christianity in America: Religion and Life in 17th Century Massachusetts, published by Baker Book House, 1990
  • Numerous articles and chapter contributions on American Puritanism, American Christianity and Abraham Lincoln
  • History of the City of La Mirada, California - commissioned by the La Mirada City Council
  • Various articles on higher education issues and access
  • Various book reviews

Recommended Resources

  • I am an avid fan of the History Channel (most of the time).
  • Also, any books written by Edmund S. Morgan and David McCullough on American history are winners.

Other Information

  • I have been married since 1970, and have two adult children and two grandchildren.
  • I love international travel.
  • My top priority in life is: learning and doing God's will.