Dr. Pitner joined the history faculty at Elmira College in 2011. Before coming to Elmira College, Mark taught at the University of Tennessee, the University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts. He is also currently an Associate in Research at Cornell University. Mark completed his dissertation work at the University of Washington. He has also spent numerous years working with the East Asian art collection at the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) as a Blakemore Curatorial Fellow (2004-2008) and in recent years on the Getty Foundation Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative at SAAM. Mark has lived in China, Taiwan, and Japan, most recently as a Fulbright Fellow in Taiwan (2008-2009). He has written on developments in Ruism (Confucianism), the history of natural science in China, and is currently working on a number of projects that explore the role of place in the intellectual history of China.