Major in History
Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences
David G. Wittner, Ph.D.
Professor of History
David Wittner is a former Fulbright Fellow and is internationally recognized for his work on nineteenth century technology transfer. He is a Professor of East Asian History and received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.
Professor Wittner is a specialist in modern Japanese history, the history of technology, and material culture studies, He also has interests in industrial preservation and cultural resource management. His latest book, Technology and the Culture of Progress in Meiji Japan examines cultural symbolism and technology transfer in the iron and silk reeling industries from Europe to Japan during the nineteenth century.
He has authored numerous book chapters and articles, as well as a short biography of Commodore Matthew C. Perry. Professor Wittner teaches Japanese, Chinese, and World History. He formerly served as the Chair of the Department of History and presently serves as the Interim Chairman of Department of Government and Politics and the Department of International Studies.