Teaching

I’ve taught classes to a range of students in a wide variety of settings: small liberal arts college, research university, lecture courses and seminars, college level and secondary level, in the U.S and overseas. I believe that history is more about learning certain habits of thinking than it is about learning sets of facts, and I believe that students learn best by doing. My classes are interactive places where student interests shape the content and the learning process. Below are a few courses I’ve taught.

Spring 2013, Bowdoin College

Place in American History (History 301 / Environmental Studies 304). Upper Level Research seminar. Examines the theme of place in nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. history, with special emphasis on the U.S. South. Investigates place as a set of physical and biological characteristics, as a product of the interaction between humans and the environment, and as a social and cultural construct. Also attends to the challenge of writing histories with place as a central character. Students write a major research paper based on primary sources.

Environment and Culture in North American History (History 242 / Environmental Studies 203). Intermediate Lecture. Explores relationships between ideas of nature, human transformations of the environment, and the effect of the physical environment upon humans through time in North America. Topics include the “Columbian exchange” and colonialism; links between ecological change and race, class, and gender relations; the role of science and technology; literary and artistic perspectives of “nature”; agriculture, industrialization, and urbanization; and the rise of modern environmentalism.

Fall 2012, Bowdoin College

Age of Reform: The Long Progressive Movement in United States History, 1890–1940 (History 257). Intermediate Lecture. Investigates the history of reform in the United States. Examines episodes from the late nineteenth-century farmers’ and workers’ movements through the New Deal reforms of the 1930s, but focuses on the so-called “progressive movement” around the turn of the century, including urban reform, the social gospel, conservation and rural development, segregation and eugenics, and progressive politics.

Food and Power in American History (History 207 / Environmental Studies 209). Intermediate Seminar. The social, cultural, and environmental history of food production and consumption in America since the colonial era, with a focus on the rise of the “industrial” food system in the twentieth century. Topics include class/gender/race in rural landscapes, hunters and poachers, freshness, institutional and convenience foods, the Green Revolution, and the organic and local food movements.

Spring 2012, The University of Georgia

Imagining America: U.S. History since 1865 (HIST 2112). Introductory Lecture Course. A survey of U.S. history since the end of the Civil War through the present.

Fall 2011, The University of Georgia

Graduate Teaching Assistant Seminar (GRSC 7770). An introduction to graduate study and to teaching in the university setting which covered grading, leading discussions, classroom technology, grant applications and research methods, and the academic job market.

Additional Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant and Section Leader, U.S. History to 1865, Fall 2010, The University of Georgia

Teaching Assistant and Section Leader, U.S. History since 1865, 2009-2010, The University of Georgia

Classroom Teacher, 7th Grade Social Studies, Rossville Middle School, Rossville, GA, 2005-2007

ESOL Teacher, Instituto El Rey, Rio Viejo, Honduras, 2003-2004