Teaching

● HIST 116: History of the United States

This survey course explores major struggles over freedom in American history from the founding of Jamestown to the twenty-first century. Throughout the semester, students focus on the tensions that have shaped this history and the ways in which social, cultural, political and economic forces shaped American identities and experiences.

● WGS 219: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

This course examines conflicting definitions of gender in the contemporary U.S., analyzing general patterns. Differences in the definitions of womanhood and manhood are discussed along with the variety of women’s experiences and perspectives.

●  HIST 250 Apparel in American History

Clothing allows us to blend in with others, stand out in a group, and express a unique sense of ourselves. But it can also speak volumes about changing values over time. This course examines how clothing and apparel has been produced, advertised, and worn from the seventeenth through the twentieth century.

● HIST 250: The Pursuit of Pleasure: A History of Fun in America

This course examines the experience of Americans pursing pleasure. Focusing on dime museums, dance halls, amusement parks, theaters and sports arenas, students explore how different generations have defined “fun,” asking what leisure reveals about how Americans understood themselves, their nation, and their political, social and economic circumstances.

● HIST 250: African-American Life Since the Civil War

This course focuses on the major ideas, individuals, and institutions in African American history from the end of the Civil War to the present. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to consider the relationship between African American history and American history more broadly.

● HIST 260: Introduction to Historiography

Students learn how to find and interpret a variety of primary and secondary sources. Students examine how different scholars, writing in different times and places, use a variety of methods to represent and interpret the same events in strikingly different ways.

● HIST 337: Museums, Monuments, and Memorials

This course introduces students to the ideas and methods public historians use and the ways in which they grapple with the challenges of interpreting and representing history in a variety of settings. Students meet local practitioners and explore the ways that history is used (and sometimes misused) in public forums.

● HIST 338: History Internship

History internships allow students to gain hands-on experience and test career possibilities in a museum, archival collection, or other public setting. Interns work 130 hours off campus at a sponsoring site and complete a project to be outlined in the internship contract, as well as daily journals and a final paper.

● HIST 349: Reinterpreting the Roaring Twenties

This course examines cultural debates over gender roles, racial ideologies, the sexual revolution, technological change, and the music and literature that caused controversy in the 1920s. It concludes by considering the American obsession with the “Jazz Age,” studying the contrast between the realities and romantic myths surrounding this provocative period in American history.

● HIST 349: Race in the American City

Using case studies of specific ethnic and racial groups in multiple major cities, this course examines how race has played a major role in defining the physical, cultural, and political environment of American cities from the colonial period to the late twentieth century.

● HIST 352: US History of Women

This writing-intensive course surveys the history of American women from European contact to the present, paying special attention to the diversity of women’s experiences as they have been shaped by race, class, gender, and sexual identity. Through topics such as women’s relationship to the law, social policy, work, the family, sexuality, activism, and the varying conceptions of womanhood, students explore how American women have both influenced and been influenced by the political, economic, social, and cultural development of American civilization.

● HIST 440: Big Brother and the Bedroom

Students explore the historical relationship between the U.S. government and Americans’ private sex lives as the two concepts converge from the seventeenth century through the twentieth. Students examine a range of topics, including marriage, prostitution, homosexuality, and debates over contraception.

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