The following offers a description of courses that I have previously designed and taught as either an adjunct or visiting assistant professor of history.
History 127: The U.S. 1877-Present
A general survey of American history from the end of Reconstruction to the present. The course is organized thematically around national development and the creation of a regulatory federal state, the American nation's emergence as an international power, and the domestic and international consequences the United States' role as a superpower. Special emphasis is placed on the ways in which race, gender, and class disparities have shaped American life.
History 135: The African American Experience
A general survey of African American history from the origins of the Atlantic slave trade to the present. Specific emphasis is placed on the social construction of race, white privilege, resistance, and gender. Topics explored include but are not limited to: slavery and slave rebellions, family and community life, music and culture, segregation, lynching, reform movements, black militancy, the war on drugs, and "the prison-industrial complex."
History 305: The Civil War & Reconstruction
A detailed examination of the evolution of the sectional conflict, major battles, wartime life and culture, and the revolutionary changes that the war brought to gender and race relations. After turning to Reconstruction, the course examines changing definitions of citizenship, Redemption, the "New" South, and the war's contentious legacy through the lens of memory and popular culture.
History 306: The American West
This seminar focuses on the expansion of the West through the lens of settler colonialism. Special emphasis is placed on myths, the rise of cities, the Plains Wars, and the image of the West in popular culture (books, movies, and television).
History 311: The History of New York State
An examination of the multifaceted and complex history of New York State from European settlement to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Questions of race, class, and gender serve as the backdrop to a more nuanced interrogation of how ordinary people interacted with and were acted upon by the wealthy and powerful. The course moves beyond focusing on New York City exclusively to provide a better understanding of the complicated political, economic, and social dynamics that led various regions of the state to develop.
A seminar guiding students through writing a journal-length scholarly article. Working as an academic community, students write, peer review, and submit a substantial piece of original research.
History 456: Guided Historical Research
In addition, I served as a graduate teaching assistant for the following courses at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- History 115: Modern China
- History 121: Modern Latin America
- History 150: Development of American Civilization to 1876
- History 170: Indigenous Peoples of North America
- History 297N: Freedom and Slavery in Antebellum America
- History 363: The Civil War Era
- History 379: American Westward Expansion