Peter Stearns

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Peter N. Stearns
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Born (1936-03-03) March 3, 1936 (age 81)
Occupation Professor
Nationality USA
Alma mater Harvard University
Genre History

Peter Nathaniel Stearns (born March 3, 1936) is a professor at George Mason University, where he was provost, from January 1, 2000 to July 2014.[1]

Stearns was Chair of the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University and also served as the Dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition, he founded and edited the Journal of Social History. While at Carnegie Mellon he developed a pioneering approach to teaching World History.


Besides his long career as a historian, he is active in historical groups such as the American Historical Society, the Society for French Historical Studies, the Social Science History Association and the International Society for Research on Emotion. He attended Harvard College and later received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.[2]

In his prolific career as an author and editor, he has written or edited over 100 different books. Stearns once served as chair of the Advanced Placement World History committee.[3]


His books include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About the Provost". George Mason University. Archived from the original on August 8, 2013. 
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  3. ^ Stearns, Peter. Teaching Consumerism in World History. AP Central. Retrieved 2012-2-25.