I am committed to the idea that teaching history involves not only covering foundational content knowledge but developing students' critical thinking and writing skills. I strive to create a learning environment that will enable students to express their ideas and excel in their studies. In pursuit of this, I develop my curricula around a multi-perspective interpretation of history, one that cuts not only across the different areas in the field of history, such as political and social history, but also transcends history to incorporate other disciplines. History does not stand alone, nor separate from the ideas, issues, and questions of other disciplines. I believe strongly that an interdisciplinary approach to teaching is necessary for the development of knowledgeable and critical thinkers. Equally, I believe that students should be encouraged to develop and pursue their own ideas and interests through research and activism outside the classroom. I want my students to not only understand the past and its relationship to the present, but to actively participate in current history. Therefore, my work with students goes beyond a classroom environment and into conferences, panels, presentations and book clubs where students challenge their historical assumptions and are in turn challenged to analyze and to develop their own historical perspectives through critical research and reasoning skills. Students in my Modern U.S. History Survey are participating in a social problems project that not only requires students to perform traditional research but gain hands-on experience volunteering with their chosen social problem to produce a final project that includes historical research and social activism. Finally, I affirm through rhetoric and action my commitment to civil rights and diversity in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community.
Ph.D. in United States History from University of Kansas,
M.S.E. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Kansas,
B.A. in History and Anthropology from University of Kansas,