Modern European and American and comparative social history, history of emotions, world history
University Professor, Provost Emeritus
World History, Social History, Globalization, History of Emotions
Dr. Peter N. Stearns became Provost and Professor of History at George Mason University on January 1, 2000, serving as Provost until June 30, 2014. He was named University Professor in January 2011. He has taught previously at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Rutgers, and Carnegie Mellon; he was educated at Harvard University.
During Dr. Stearns' tenure as Provost, George Mason more than tripled its level of funded research and tripled its number of doctoral programs. The establishment of a Teaching Center paralled the establishment of an undergraduate research program and several new interdisciplinary missions. Dr. Stearns also spearheaded several important initiatives to expand the university’s global presence, namely the establishment of the branch campus in Incheon, Korea; and the collaboration with INTO to increase the number and diversity of students recruited from abroad. Each of these projects is deeply rooted in a desire to increase global understanding, and opportunities for constructive collaboration among different societies.
Dr. Stearns received the prestigious Mason Medal in 2014; that same year, the university was awarded the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for Campus Internationalization.
Dr. Stearns retired as Provost in June 2014 but maintains a robust faculty schedule. He has published widely in modern social history, including the history of emotions, and in world history; and has authored or edited over 135 books, mainly in social history and world history. From 1967 to 2016 he served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Social History.
Select Publications since 2000:
HIST 125 - Introduction to World History
HNRS 240 - Emotions in History
HIST 387 - Peace in World History
HIST 387/PSYC 461/ MGMY 491/ CONF 399/ SOC 395 - Organizing Culture Change
HIST 615/535 Development of Modern Societies
CTCH 792/HIST 535 Globalization in Higher Education
Skills emphasized: writing, analytical argument, comparison.
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
"Modernity and the West in Emotions History: A Comparative Challenge," Georgetown University
"Focusing History on Peace," Humana Lecture at Center College
"Fear, Anxiety, and Shame," Moffat Lecture at Marshall University
International Education, University of Turabo Symposium, San Juan
Global Strategies, NAFSA (International Education), Boston
Holly Moir, Guiding Children's Consumerism, 1945-2000: Expanding Parental Responsibility (2017)