Dr. Jonathan Thorndike
I am Chair of the Honors Council and Professor. For ten years, I served on the National Council of Alpha Chi Honor Scholarship Society as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Southeast region. I am currently Belmont's representative to the National Collegiate Honors Council. I teach interdisciplinary "Great Books" courses in our Core Humanities sequence including Classical Civilizations, The Age of Exploration (16th-17th centuries), Discovery and Revolution (18th-19th centuries), and Topics in the 20th and 21st Centuries. I also teach First Year Seminar, a course on Modern Japan, and a study abroad course at King's College-London on C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings. My two main areas of research interest are post-Meiji Japan and Early Twentieth-century Great Britain.
I grew up around education because my mother was a librarian and my father was a professor of mathematics and astronomy, which might explain why I love books and science. I have been a professor at Belmont University for 16 years and before that was a Humanities and English professor at Alma College (Michigan), at Rocky Mountain College (Montana), and at Lakeland College (Wisconsin). I served as a Visiting Professor at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan for one term. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Alma College and received my M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. As an undergraduate, I spent one year doing mission work for a school for Native Americans in Sitka, Alaska. My doctoral research was on 18th century satirist Jonathan Swift and Anglo-Irish politics, and I went to Ireland to read Swift manuscripts at Trinity College in Dublin.
I completed NEH seminars at the University of Arizona on Homer and Traditional Oral Literature, at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii on Chinese Culture and History, and at Harvard University on Jean-Jacques Rousseau and William Blake. I was trained in special seminars on Southeast Asia at the East-West Center and on Japanese Culture at Tokai University in Honolulu. I have published one book on James Joyce, two books on American history (Enslow Publishers), and over 50 essays on Japanese and British literature and history (Salem Press, ABC-CLIO, Thomson Gale).
I am married to a wonderful woman named Claudia who is an English as a Second Language teacher. We have two grown children, a daughter who is in Belmont's School of Nursing program and a son who is in Medical School at Brown University.
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