Teaching

As a teacher, I have a wide range of interests, including early America, the revolutionary Atlantic, media history, digital history, the history of Atlantic slavery, and more.

Courses taught

Fake News in American History. Smith College, Fall 2019. First-year seminar course, focusing on information literacy, media history, and the historical roots of “fake news” and media dysfunction in our present.

The Historian’s Craft. Smith College, Fall 2019. Introduction to historiography, history as a discipline, and historical methods. (co-taught with Jeff Ahlman, two sections)

Scandal in the Early United States. Spring 2019, Indiana State University. Examined the political and moral dimensions of scandal in the early American republic as a window onto gender, sexuality, and media. Syllabus.

The Civil War. Spring 2019, Indiana State University. Focused on the cultural, political, and social history of the U.S. Civil War. We explored issues of causation, memory, trauma, and sensory experience. Syllabus.

The Long Nineteenth Century, 1800–1917. Summer 2019, Indiana University–Southeast. Graduate-level course, designed for dual-enrollment high school history teachers in the state of Indiana. Engaged with the major historiographical issues in nineteenth-century U.S. history, ranging from the history of capitalism, to emancipation, to the often-forgotten experiences of Native Americans in this period.

Facts, Hoaxes, and Fake News (or, the History of Bullshit): Fall 2018, Indiana University Collins Honors College. Interdisciplinary seminar focused on information literacy, media history, and “genres” of bullshit.

Revolutionary America: Summer 2017, Indiana University. Six-week summer course on the social, cultural, and political worlds of the American Revolution. Paid particular attention to geographies of the revolution, memory, and the lived experiences of ordinary people, including women, Native peoples, and African Americans.

United States History Since 1877: Summer 2016, Purdue University–Northwest. Online summer survey course. Designed to provoke curiosity, encourage students to draw connections between past and present, and to use the study of history of understand the world around them.

Upcoming courses

Doing Digital History: Smith College, Spring 2020.

American Scandal, 1700–present: Smith College, Spring 2020.