Richard L. GawthropTitle: Professor of History
Office Location: Main 411
Office Phone: (317) - 738 - 8231
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Professor Richard Gawthrop grew up in the Northeast and attended Colby, a small liberal arts college in Maine, during the late 1960s and early 1970s. With a passion for history, he decided to go to graduate school out in the Midwest to study German history at Indiana University-Bloomington. In order to complete his dissertation research, he spent the academic year 1979-80 in Europe, mostly in Goettingen, West Germany; but he also traveled for three weeks around Rumania with a grad school friend. Also during Gawthrop's graduate school years, he met his future wife, Jane Cullen, who was then a legal services attorney in Bloomington.
After receiving his Ph.D. in 1984, he taught for several years at the University of South Carolina, living as a Yankee in the Deep South. After his daughter, Elisabeth, was born, Jane and he moved back home to Indiana, where he started working at Franklin College in 1992. The book that grew out of his doctoral dissertation, Pietism and the Making of Eighteenth-Century Prussia, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1993. Even though his training was in German history, at Franklin he has concentrated on world history, teaching not just the general education survey courses in that field, but also upper-level classes in East Asian, Russian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American history.
Off campus, Gawthrop enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening and singing. He also enjoys taking Franklin College students during Winter Term to inner-city Indianapolis, where the students do volunteer work at missions for the homeless.