My journey as a historian began in the classroom. I taught undergraduate classes at Kent State University while finishing my doctoral dissertation and then developed my teaching style as a professor while on the tenure-track at Sacred Heart University. Now at Denison University, I continue to impress upon students the importance of strong reading, analytical, and writing skills in the study of history. Most importantly, I emphasize how a thorough understanding of turning points in history will contribute to a more developed appreciation for citizenship and current issues in our society today.
My research informs my teaching, and I embrace new technology in order to demonstrate the continued relevance of history in today’s conversations. Students find my classroom engaging, challenging, and a place where they can safely debate new ideas. One student described me as “relentless,” which I decided was an apt description of my teaching style.
For the 2018-2019 academic year, I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Global Commerce department at Denison University. In this role, I will teach students how to explore and interpret aspects of global trade and development through a humanities lens. One of the courses, Commerce and Society, considers major shifts in commerce over time and their impact on global communities. The second course on my schedule is called Elements of Global Commerce and will lead through students through case studies of various international business issues in order to learn key skills. Both courses will utilize my background as a historian and in business.
Over the course of my career, I have taught the following history classes at the college level:
U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History from 1877
Western Civilization II: Since 1500: Economies, Sciences, and Politics
Gilded Age and the Progressive Era
Westward Movement in 19th Century America
Sectional Conflict and American Civil War
Freshman Seminar: 1863: Civil War Turning Points
Reconstruction and Post-Civil War America
Senior Capstone Research Seminar (two semesters): U.S. Foreign Policy
The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union
Introduction to World Geography