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.

Upcoming courses

History of Fake News. Smith College, Fall 2019.

The Historian’s Craft. Smith College, Fall 2019.

Previous courses taught as instructor of record

Scandal in the Early United States. Spring 2019, Indiana State University. This course will examine the political and moral dimensions of scandal in the early American republic as a window onto the era’s gender relations, state formation, and media forms.

The Civil War. Spring 2019, Indiana State University. This course will focus on the cultural, political, and social history of the U.S. Civil War as a way of exploring issues of causation, memory, trauma, and sensory experience.

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

Facts, Hoaxes, and Fake News (or, the History of Bullshit): I taught this interdisciplinary seminar in the Fall of 2018 through Indiana University’s Collins Honors College. It challenged students to consider “bullshit” as a unique epistemic category along the lines of Philosopher Harry Frankfurt’s claim that bullshit is a claim made for a purpose that is indifferent to truth. It was built into three units: an information literacy unit focused on reorienting students’ relationship to media by building fact checking habits; a unit on U.S. media history from the eighteenth century to the present; and a final unit examining different genres of bullshit such as conspiracy theories, “fake history,” and the paranormal. The class involved assignments such as a “Bullshit inventory,” writing a piece of fake news, and an “Unessay.”

Revolutionary America: I taught this six-week summer course on the social, cultural, and political worlds of the American Revolution for Indiana University in the summer of 2017. It paid particular attention to the lived experiences of ordinary people, including women, Native peoples, and African Americans. The class focused heavily on questions of causation, space, and memory.

United States History Since 1877: I taught this online summer survey course for Purdue University–Calumet (now Purdue University–Northwest) in the summer of 2016. It was designed to encourage students to draw connections between past and present, and to use the study of history of understand the world around them.