Jonathan Thorndike is Director of the Honors Program and Professor. He teaches Honors interdisciplinary core courses and a Study Abroad course at King’s College-London on C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings.
Thorndike previously taught at Alma College, Rocky Mountain College, Lakeland College, and the Japan Center for Michigan Universities. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. As an undergraduate, he spent one year doing mission work for a school for Native Americans in Alaska.
Thorndike has led Maymester Study Abroad trips to Ireland, England, Japan, China, Greece, and Italy. He completed NEH seminars at the University of Arizona, at the East-West Center, and at Harvard University. He published one book on James Joyce, two books on American history, and over 50 essays on Japanese and British literature. Thorndike’s book Epperson vs. Arkansas won a state library book-of-the-year award, and he appeared on a panel with the novelist John Grisham. He is married to a wonderful woman named Claudia who is an ESL Teacher. They have two grown children, a daughter who is in the Belmont School of Nursing and a son who is in Medical School at Brown University.
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