Faculty

Andrew Chittick

Andrew Chittick
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.

Catherine Griggs

Catherine Griggs
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.

Adam Guerin

Adam M. Guerin
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

Professor Guerin teaches a range of courses in European colonial, Middle East and World history.

Barney Hartston

Barnet Hartston
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.

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Lee Irby
Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
M.A., University of South Florida

Professor Irby’s specialty is Florida history.

Carolyn Johnston

Carolyn Johnston
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 Padgett

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 Parsons

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.