Dr. Jonathan Thorndike, Director

Belmont University Honors Program

I am the Director of the Honors Program and have been a Professor at Belmont University since 1998 and proud recipient of the 2014 Presidential Faculty Achievement Award at Belmont University. Previously, I served on the National Council of Alpha Chi Honor Scholarship Society as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Southeast region. Currently, I am Belmont’s representative to the National Collegiate Honors Council and attend annual conventions. I teach interdisciplinary "Great Books" courses in our Core Humanities sequence including Classical Civilizations, The Age of Exploration including Renaissance and Reformation (16th-17th centuries), and Discovery and Revolution (18th-19th centuries). I also teach 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 have led travel-study programs for 20 years to Japan, China, the UK, Greece, and Italy

Prior to Belmont, I served as a Humanities and English professor at Alma College (Michigan), at Rocky Mountain College (Montana), and at Lakeland University (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 University of Hawaii/ East-West Center 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 published one book on James Joyce, two books on American history, and over 50 essays on Japanese and British literature and history. Please let me know if I can tell you anything about Belmont or the Honors Program!

Jonathan Thorndike, Ph. D.
Honors Program Director
Belmont University
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, TN, 37212-3757
615-460-5424 or 6472