Tristan Goldman, Ph.D.

Selfie of Dr. Goldman sitting on the couch in his office


Phone: (360) 650-6558
Office: Old Main 330K


Dr. Tristan Goldman (he/him) is a scholar of the Classical World at Western Washington University's history department in Bellingham. Tristan earned his B.A. and M.A. in Classics and his Ph.D. in history at the University of Washington. His research primarily involves how interaction with Asia, Persia in particular, contributed to shaping the history of Greece during the Classical Period.

For the past five years, Tristan has taught courses in the first-year sequence of Honors at WWU in addition to his full-time teaching commitment in history over the past six years. He invests the majority of his productive time designing and developing innovative curriculum in all of his courses to better meet the needs of undergraduate students arriving at the university from diverse backgrounds and preparing them to participate in a complex, diverse professional environment. In 2013, in his second year teaching at Western, Tristan received the Ronald Kleinknecht Teaching Excellence award in large part as a reflection of the time Tristan invests in creating successful learning outcomes for students. In 2017, Tristan began working more closely with Honors under the guidance of Dr. Scott Linneman in order to assess that the program fully meets the needs of the students by redefining existing curriculum, developing new curriculum, and offering academic mentoring and advising to Honors students. Tristan is a voting, lineal member of the Estom Yumeka Maidu tribe, information concerning which can be found here.