Professor McGrath began teaching at Adrian College in 1983. He attended Princeton University as an undergraduate (summa cum laude, awarded thesis prize, East Asian Studies, 1964) and as a graduate student (East Asian Studies and History, 1982). Between his sophomore year and his junior year he served in the US Army, reaching the rank of Captain. After a retirement of four years, McGrath returned to teach Islamic Civilization, Modern Middle East, Medieval Europe, and Chinese Philosophy. His most recent publications include “Frustrated Empires: The Song-Xia War of 1038-44,” p.151-190 in Don J. Wyatt, ed., Battlefronts Real and Imagined: War, Border, and Identity in the Chinese Middle Period, pp.151-190. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, and "The Reigns of Jen-tsung (1022- 1063) and Ying-tsung (1063-67)," Chapter 4, in Denis C. Twitchett and Paul Jakov Smith, ed., The Cambridge History of China, v.5, Part One (The Sung Dynasty and Its Predecessors, 907-1279, p.279-346, Cambridge University Press, 2009. In fall 2010 he was awarded the Ross Newsom Teaching Excellence Award. He has given the Baccalaureate speech five times and the December graduation speech twice.