Faculty / College of Liberal Arts

Douglas J. Cremer

Professor, History and Interdisciplinary Studies

Areas of Expertise: Contemporary history and politics; terrorism and criminal justice; higher education and integrated learning; European and Asian intellectual and social history, specifically German, Russian and Chinese; modern Catholic and Christian theology.

Dr. Cremer’s academic career spans more than 30 years and includes travel and teaching experience in Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin and Rome. He joined the Woodbury faculty in 1993 as an Assistant Professor, becoming Associate Professor in 1997 and Professor in 2002. He served as department chair from 1998 through 2006, then as Dean of Liberal Arts (under various incarnations) from 2006 until 2018. He has published articles and reviews in The Journal of the History of Ideas, The Catholic Historical Review, The Journal of Church and State, and The European Legacy. His seminars include the histories of China, Germany, Japan, and Russia, philosophies of ancient politics and contemporary postmodernism, and studies of civil war, genocide and terrorism. Dr. Cremer is also an ordained permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church with experience in sacramental preparation, youth ministry, religious education, adult faith formation, ecumenical and interfaith relations, scripture studies and liturgy.


Ph.D., Modern European, Russian and Chinese History and Modern Continental Philosophy, University of California, San Diego
M.A., Catholic Theology, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
M.A., European and Chinese History and Philosophy, University of California, Riverside
B.A., History, University of California, Riverside