Teaching

Media Appearances & Profiles of Teaching

 

"Racism, unrest, police brutality. Is America living 1968 all over again? Yes, and no" Los Angeles Times

"Professor discusses Mexico’s role in global Cold-War era politics" The Johns Hopkins News-Letter

"1968’s chaos: The assassinations, riots and protests that defined our world" The Washington Post

"This Year Marks 50th Anniversary Of 1968, The 'Year Of Revolt'" KJZZ, National Public Radio, Phoenix, Arizona 

During my graduate work at the University of Maryland, I was placed on a terrorism watch list by the Maryland State Police Homeland Security and Intelligence Division for my involvement in anti-death penalty advocacy (myself and 52 other individuals were subsequently removed from the list after an investigation by the Maryland State Senate and the American Civil Liberties Union). Below is an article on how Professor Ira Berlin and I used the experience to underscore ongoing debates regarding the meaning of the constitution and civil liberties in our course on antebellum U.S. history.

 

"All Eyes on Him" The Diamondback

 

Student-Led Public History Projects

While teaching at Spring Hill College, students researched the fights over desegregation and Civil Rights on campus in the 1950s and 1960s. One group of students produced an illustrated story book, available here, while another group produced a video documentary on the subject, available here

While at Reed College, I asked students to investigate the local experience of the Global Sixties by researching youth culture and politics on campus and the surrounding community. Using the College’s archives and special collections, the students investigated new left and counterculture activities at Reed and curated an exhibit for the Hauser Library entitled “Reed in the Global Sixties.”    

At Dickinson College, I offered a course on native history in which we used recently digitized files from the nearby Carlisle Indian Industrial School (1879-1910) to explore the history of American Indian boarding schools. After visiting the Cumberland County Historical Society, which houses much of the schools’ physical archival material, students researched and developed profiles of individual children who passed through the school. The students and I were interviewed on how we used the digital material in class projects: "Reclaiming History" Dickinson Magazine 

Courses Taught

Latin American History & Latin American Studies Courses  

  • 1968, Youth Culture, and Social Movements in Latin America

  • History of Modern Mexico and Central America

  • Latin America Since Independence

  • Colonial Latin America

  • Latin American-U.S. Relations

  • Issues in Latin American Studies

 

Global/Transnational History Courses

  • World History to 1500

  • The Global Sixties

  • Native Histories of the Americas

  • Protest! (Global Interdisciplinary Course)

 

Methods and Humanities Courses

  • Senior Seminar: Simón Bolívar, Liberalism and Revolution in the Americas

  • Humanities 110

  • Historical Research and Methods Seminar