North Central College appointed five new full-time, tenure-track faculty for the 2011-2012 academic year, which starts Sept. 12. Among the new faculty is Luke Franks, assistant professor of history.
Previously an instructor and visiting lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley and East Bay, Franks has expertise in 19th century Japanese intellectual, political and diplomatic history, interests in comparative East Asian nationalisms, and knows Japanese and German. He holds a B.A. in international relations from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Berkeley.