Fac John GripentrogJohn Gripentrog

Associate Professor of History

Office: 319 Cornwell
Phone: (828) 689-1116
E-Mail: jgripentrog@mhu.edu
Campus Box: 6748

John Gripentrog (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006) specializes in U.S. history, with particular emphasis on United States foreign relations. His teaching and scholarly interests range widely, from the political, social, and cultural aspects of the American experience to the history of Modern Japan. Dr. Gripentrog’s diverse personal history—including travel to more than thirty countries and a background steeped in theater and music—has greatly informed his interest in the impact of culture in global relations. Dr. Gripentrog is currently working on a book about U.S.-Japan relations in the 1930s. His article, "The Transnational Pastime: Baseball and American Perceptions of Japan in the 1930s" appeared in the April 2010 issue of Diplomatic History.

Courses Taught

HIS 223: American History to 1865
HIS 224: The United States since 1865
HIS 317: The United States, since 1945
HIS 418: American Politics and Society, 1900-1945
HIS 429: U.S. in the World, since 1900
HIS 452: History of Modern Japan
HIS 491: Senior Seminar