Interim President Dr. Jonathan Spiro
Dr. Jonathan Spiro began serving as the interim president of Castleton University in June 2020.
Dr. Spiro provides a wealth of administrative and education experience, having served in a variety of academic posts since his arrival at Castleton in 2002. During his time at Castleton, he has served as interim provost, academic dean, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and Chair of the Department of History, Geography, Economics, & Political Science. As a professor, Dr. Spiro was the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award for his courses on history, politics, race, slavery, immigration, the ancient Maya, and the nature-nurture debate. As a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, he twice won the “Distinguished Teacher” award.
Dr. Spiro is known nationally as a leading authority on the eugenics movement, and authored the critically acclaimed book “Defending the Master Race: Conservation, Eugenics, and the Legacy of Madison Grant.” He is frequently called upon by national media, including The Atlantic and The New York Times, for his perspective on race and nationalism.
Dr. Spiro holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master’s degree in American Studies from Pepperdine University in Malibu, and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Los Angeles.