About Me

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Donald Roth

Donald Roth
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Business Admin

Phone: (712) 722-6255
Email: Donald.Roth@dordt.edu

I am a proud father of three with an active interest in a wide range of public policy and theological issues and a passion for Christian education.  I grew up in Escondido, California before attending Dordt myself, then living in Washington, D.C. for four years before returning to teach at Dordt in 2011.  Since coming to Dordt, I have served as the chair of the Criminal Justice Department, launched Defender Forensics (Dordt's competitive speech and debate team), reorganized and led Core 399 (Dordt's senior worldview course), developed Dordt's Master's of Public Administration program, and have helped redesign and lead the Kuyper Honors Program.  I am also involved in my broader community, including active participation at Sioux Center United Reformed Church.


  • LL.M. in Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center, 2011
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2010
  • B.A. in History, Dordt College, 2007

Selected Publications

  • “Fifth Amendment,” “Sixth Amendment,” and “Terry v. Ohio” in The Use and Abuse of Police Power in America: Historical Milestones and Current Controversies, Gina Robertiello, Ed. (ABC-CLIO 2017) 4-8, 92-94.
  • “Narrative metaphor: Integrating insights in cognitive science into a toolset for intentionally shaping vocational pursuits,” 23 International Journal of Christianity & Education 1, 69-80.
  • "Operative Metaphor and Antimony: A Framework for Understanding the Two-Kingdoms/Neo-Kuyperian Debate," Pro Rege 44.1, 29 - 38.
  • Regular contributor to In All Things

Selected Presentations

  • “Narrative Metaphor: Integrating Modern Insights into Cognition in Order to Develop a Vocabulary and Toolset for Intentionally Shaping our Educational and Vocational Pursuits.” Presenter, The 2017 Kuyers Institute Conference - Christian Teaching and Learning:  Pathways and Possibilities at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI (Oct. 6, 2017).
  • “Continuity & Change: Understanding Obergefell and Thinking about the Future." Invited Speaker, Visio Dei Conference: “Proclaim Liberty” at John Witherspoon College, Rapid City, SD (Nov. 7, 2015).


  • State Bar of California

Current Courses & Duties

  • Division Chair, Business Administration and Public Service Division
  • Director, Master of Public Administration Program
  • Co-Director, Kuyper Honors Program
  • American Constitutional Law  - CJ 325
  • Domestic Preparedness  - CJ 350
  • Calling, Task, and Culture  - CORE 399

Past Courses

  • Federal Income Tax - BUAD 315
  • Advanced Federal Income Tax - BUAD 316
  • Kingdom, Identity, and Calling - CORE 100
  • Business Law I  - BUAD 301
  • Business Law II  - BUAD 302
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice  - CJ 101
  • Criminology - CJ 304