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David Aikman, Ph.D.

Professor of History and Writer in Residence

Educational Background:
Ph.D. in History, University of Washington
M.A. in Far East & Slavic Languages & Literature, University of Washington
B.A. in Modern Languages, Oxford University

Time at PHC: 2005 to present

Dr. Aikman teaches upper-level courses on the history of modern China, the Middle East, Russia, Modern Terrorism, Islam, Revolution, WWI, and Cold War Novel at Patrick Henry College. Starting fall 2008, he also began teaching Russian. Dr. Aikman oversees apprenticeship work for students wanting to become writers, to which he brings the experience and expertise of having written nine books and co-authored four others. A former foreign policy consultant in Washington D.C., he is a current senior fellow of the Trinity Forum. For 23 years Dr. Aikman was a foreign correspondent and senior correspondent for Time magazine and reported from four continents and fifty-five countries, notably Russia, China, and the Middle East. He has also been a correspondent for TV documentaries and speaks several languages, including Russian and Chinese.