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Professor James Gaston

Prof. James Gaston

Associate Professor of History and Humanities and Catholic Culture

Director of Humanities and Catholic Culture

Professor James R. Gaston is the founding director of the Humanities and Catholic Culture Major, and an associate professor of history, at Franciscan University of Steubenville. The HCC Program is a challenging four-year Liberal Arts program inspired in part by the vision of the noted Catholic historian Christopher Dawson. Professor Gaston conceived and teaches all the integral HCC courses as well as Catholic Political Thought, geography and history courses. He holds an MA in history from the State University of New York-College at Cortland, and did his PhD work in 19th and 20th century European intellectual history and historiography at SUNY at Buffalo with a focus on the history and philosophy of geography and the thought of Paul Vidal de la Blache. Before joining the Franciscan University faculty he was lecture program director for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He is a member of multiple academic associations, and is the president of the Society of Christian Culture and editor of its publication, The Dawson Newsletter. His honors and awards include an Earhart Foundation Fellowship for doctoral dissertation research, Faculty Teacher of the Year, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

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