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Professor Stiffler joined the Juniata faculty in 2002 as an assistant professor of history. He earned a bachelor's degree in East Asian studies from Harvard College in 1990. He went on to earn a master's degree in East Asian history in 1993 and a doctorate in East Asian history in 2002, both from the University of California-San Diego.

In 2001, Stiffler was a visiting scholar at Whittier College in Los Angeles, Calif. He completed his course requirements for his doctorate at the University of California-Berkeley. During his time there he worked as a research assistant and in other capacities from 1993 to 1996.

His research has been presented at conferences in Moscow, Russia, Harvard University and at UC-Berkeley. He speaks and reads Chinese and Russian and can read Japanese as well. He has made research trips to Moscow and China. He received the UC-San Diego Chinese History Fellowship in the academic years 1992-1993 and 1996-1997.

He will teach World History and several courses on Chinese and Russian history. His research interests center in Chinese-Soviet relations in the 20th century.

He is married to Jingxia Yang.