Richard Pointer

Richard Pointer

Professor of History
Phone: (805) 565-6787
Email: pointer@westmont.edu
Office Location: Deane Hall 207

Office Hours
Dr. Pointer will be leading the Westmont in Europe program for the Fall 2017 semester.

Specialization
Colonial and Revolutionary, Eastern Woodlands
Native American, Religion in America, Western Civilization

This fall, Dr. Pointer is leading Westmont’s Europe Semester program for the sixth time. He considers those experiences as highlights of his long career within Christian higher education. That journey began as an undergraduate at Houghton College. From there, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in history at The Johns Hopkins University. His publications include Protestant Pluralism and the New York Experience: A Study of Eighteenth-Century Religious Diversity, and Encounters of the Spirit: Native Americans and European Colonial Religion, both published by Indiana University Press. Currently, he is writing a biography of Papunhank, an eighteenth-century American Indian leader. Dr. Pointer has been teaching at Westmont since 1994, where he has principally taught American history. He has been recognized for his teaching with the Westmont Teacher of the Year Award for Social Sciences in 1997, 2003 and 2014. From 2009 to 2017, he held the Fletcher Jones Foundation Endowed Chair in Social Science. Dr. Pointer served as the interim Provost of Westmont from 2009-2012.