Dr. Griggs grew up in North Carolina before heading to Brigham Young University in Utah to pursue his undergraduate studies. After his first year at BYU, he went on a two-year mission for his church to England and fell in love with the country, especially its rich history. Returning home in 1998, he resumed his undergraduate education with a focus on history. He completed his BA in History Teaching in 2002, which included a final year spent teaching History at Dixon Middle School in Provo, UT. During that year, Dr. Griggs and the teachers he worked with won the Team of the Year Award in the state of Utah, presented by the Utah Middle Level Association.
With his BA completed and with a wife and young son, Dr. Griggs moved to Indiana in 2002 to pursue graduate degrees at Purdue University. At Purdue, he studied European History, specializing in Early Modern England. In 2004, he completed his MA in European History with a minor field in US History. In 2011, he finished his PhD in European History, with a specialty in Early Modern England and a minor field in Colonial Latin America. His dissertation was entitled "High Churchmen and the Tories in Late Stuart England: A Question of Party Allegiance". It examined the connections between Church of England clergy and Tories in England during and soon after the Revolution of 1688/89. While researching his dissertation, Dr. Griggs had the opportunity to work in the Bodleian Library in Oxford and the British Library in London. His time in England pursuing research reignited his love of English culture and history.
Dr. Griggs joined the History faculty at Dalton State College in 2009 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. He teaches survey courses in both US History and World History. The upper division classes he teaches reflect his expertise in British History and Early Modern Europe. He lives with his family in Cohutta and he and his wife are parents of four sons.