Title: Social Cultural Historian (Retired), Faculty Academic Administrator, Independent Scholar
Location: Havertown, Pennsylvania, United States
Thomas Miller Ricks, PhD, Retired Social Cultural Historian, Faculty Academic Administrator and Independent Scholar, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history education.
Upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and French literature from the University of Notre Dame in 1961, Dr. Ricks went on to serve the Peace Corps in Iran for two years. While there, he found a passion for its rich culture and history, setting the stage for his exceptional career as a social-cultural historian, educator, administrator and independent scholar. He later matriculated at Indiana University, attaining a Master of Arts in Persian language and literature in 1968 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Middle East history in 1975. Awarded numerous grants and fellowships to propel his research, Dr. Ricks is the author of “Notables, Merchants, and Shaykhs of Southern Iran’s Towns and Ports on the Persian Gulf” from 2012, “Turbulent Times: The Diaries of Khalil Totah, 1886-1955” from 2009 and “Persian Studies: A Bibliography” from 1970. Presently, he maintains affiliation with the Middle East Studies Association, American Historical Association, Palestinian American Research Center and Association for the Study of Persianate Societies, among others.
In the early years of his professional career, Dr. Ricks was a history teacher at Tehran International School in 1972 and 1973 and a history instructor at Macalester College in 1974 and 1975. Settling on high education, he was then an assistant professor of history at Georgetown University from 1975 to 1983 and a visiting assistant professor of history at Birzeit University in Palestine from 1983 to 1985. Dr. Ricks also served Villanova University as an assistant director and adjunct associate professor of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies and as director of international studies from 1985 until 2002. He concluded his career as a lecture of history at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005, later returning to teach world history as an adjunct professor at Drexel University in 2018 and 2019. To attest to his legacy, Dr. Ricks can also be found in editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World.
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