E. Leslie Peter Professor of East Asian Humanities & History
Ph. D. University of Michigan
Professor Chittick’s research focus is the culture of early south China and maritime trade relations with Southeast Asia. He runs the Asia & Environment Initiative which engages students in summer fieldwork on contemporary environmental issues in Japan, China, and Indonesia. Other interests include Asian food cultures, Silk Road and maritime archaeology, and global comparative and spatial history. Professor Chittick is a recent holder of major fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study and is the author of Patronage and Community in Medieval China and the forthcoming Jiankang Empire in Chinese and World History.
Associate Professor of Anthropology & American Studies
Ph.D., George Washington University
Professor Griggs teaches courses on American Cinema, American Cultural History, the Environment and American thought, and directs the American Studies major in the Program for Experienced Learners. She also directs the Environmental Film Festival.
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., University of California at San Diego
Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award, May 2010
Professor Hartston teaches a full range of courses in world and European history. He is author of Sensationalizing the Jewish Question: Antisemitic Trials and the Press in the Early German Empire(2005) and is a specialist in Modern German History, European anti-Semitism, Nazism, and the Holocaust.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
M.A., University of South Florida
Professor Irby’s specialty is Florida history.
Professor of American Studies and History
Elie Wiesel Professor of Humane Letters
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Professor Johnston has taken a major role in developing successful programs in American studies for international students and in women’s and gender studies. She is a specialist in American intellectual history, the history of radical and working class movements, and the history of women in America. Her books include Jack London: An American Radical (1984), Sexual Power: Feminism and the Family (1992), Cherokee Women in Crisis (2003), My Father’s War: Fighting with the Buffalo Soldiers in World War II (2012) and Voices of Cherokee Women (2013).
Gregory B. Padgett
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., Florida State University
Professor Padgett teaches survey courses in U.S. History, African-American History, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement. He also teaches in the Program for Experienced Learners. He is currently writing a biography of C.K. Steele, a leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
William H. Parsons
Professor of History and Russian Studies
Ph.D., Indiana University
Professor Parsons combines a background in modern European history with a special interest in Russian political and cultural history. As coordinator for Russian Area Studies, his interests include Russian historiography, the Golden Age of Russian Culture, and Peter Demens and the Two St. Petersburgs.