Department Chair:
Renee Romano

Administrative Assistant:
Kathy King

Department Email:

Phone: 440 775 8520
Fax: 440 775 6910

Rice Hall 316
10 North Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:30

Garrett Washington

Garrett Washington

Visiting Asst. Professor of History

Contact Information


Rice 28
(440) 775-6879

Garrett Washington

Visiting Assistant Professor Garrett Washington

Educational Background

  • B.A. Rice University (2002)
  • M.A. D.E.A.Universit√© de Paris VIII (2004)
  • Ph.D. Purdue University (2010).

Professor Washington completed his dissertation fieldwork and writing with the support of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship and Purdue University’s Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship. Since graduation, Washington has held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University and been a Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Wooster. His research on Japanese religious history, and medical history has appeared in various scholarly articles and book chapters. Currently, he is completing a book project titled Church and Nation in Tokyo: Protestant Churches and the Making of Modern Japan and pursuing other interests related to the intersection of religion and the environment. Washington is presently examining religious interpretations of natural disasters during imperial Japan’s rapid modernization and the influence of missionaries on environmental thinking and discourse in the formally and informally colonized non-West. He has taught a wide variety of courses in global history, and will be teaching courses in global and transnational environmental history at Oberlin this academic year.