Jonathan Yonan is Dean of the Templeton Honors College and Associate Professor of History at Eastern University. He earned his BA in English at Gordon College and his MSt and DPhil in Ecclesiastical History at the University of Oxford (St Cross College), where he studied under Rev. Prof. Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch and Prof. Brian Young. Dr. Yonan’s research has been focused on two areas: 1) eighteenth-century religious and intellectual history and 2) philosophy of education. His work has appeared in such journals as The Journal of Ecclesiastical History and The Journal of Moravian History, as well as a number of edited volumes. He is currently completing a book-length project on British churchman, Christian Ignatius LaTrobe (1758-1836). In addition to courses taught in the History Department, Dr. Yonan teaches the first-year seminar, entitled, The Good Life, taken by all Templeton students. He is married to Rachel, and they have one son. All three love music, books, and gardening.
Rachel has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in concert halls across the United States, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and China; and on National Public Radio and Canadian Public Radio. Her appearances include concerts at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Ascoli Piceno Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts and the Rochester Chamber Music Society. A lover of chamber music, Rachel co-founded the Marinus Ensemble with her brother, cellist Joseph Kuipers. The Ensemble is a passionate group of artists, dedicated to engaging audiences through interactive performance of great music. Their aim is to allow culture and excellence to reach broader audiences, and to find ways to reduce the distance between the artist on stage and the audience in the hall. Beyond music, Rachel loves playing with her son Jack, reading the literature of Byatt, Berry and Greene, traveling to out-of-the-way places, and baking fresh bread.