Bruce Berglund


Campaign Communications Manager in Advancement

Bruce joined the Gustavus Advancement team in December 2018. As a Special Gift Officer, he is responsible for raising support for the College's Heritage Scholarships. 

Prior to coming to Gustavus, Bruce spent two decades in different faculty and administrative roles in higher education. For 15 years, he was a faculty member in the History Department at Calvin College, teaching various courses on world history. He was also Director of the Honors Program at Calvin and served on the college's teaching development team. Prior to that, he was Assistant Director of the Center for Russian & East European Studies at the University of Kansas. Bruce taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Russia and Eastern Europe, and he had a hand in organizing the center's many workshops and public events.

As a historian, Bruce has spent a good part of his professional career working overseas. He and his family have lived abroad on three different occasions (twice in Prague, and once in Budapest), and he has visited a total of 17 countries in Europe and Asia for research, teaching development, and academic conferences. His research work focused on Eastern Europe, in particular the former Czechoslovakia. He has edited a collection of academic essays on the religious history of 20th-century Eastern Europe and written a book on the cultural history of Prague during the 1920s-30s. Right now, he is finishing a book on the history of world hockey, which will be published by the University of California Press in 2020.

Bruce and his wife, Megan Berglund, have four children: Will, Marta, Nils, and Vera.


BA (History), University of Minnesota; MA (History), Minnesota State University–Mankato; PhD (History), University of Kansas