Teaching

I have been fortunate to have been taught by an amazing group of teachers throughout my educational career.  In my own teaching, I aim to pay that debt forward. I conceive of education as a fundamentally collective project, in which students and teachers engage in a process of learning together. I have taught a broad range of courses from large, undergraduate surveys on Latin American history and US-Latin American relations, to small, upper-level seminars on topics such as native and indigenous studies. I have also offered historical methods and research and writing seminars. Prior to teaching at Spring Hill College, I served as a visiting assistant professor at Reed College in Portland, Oregon as well as Dickinson College, in Carlise, Pennsylvania.  

 

Recognition for Teaching

 

In January 2018, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of 1968, I was interviewed by The Washington Post and National Public Radio regarding my research and teaching on the 1960s:

"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 

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.” The Reed College newspaper reported on the students’ class presentations:   

 

“History Class Examines Reed’s History of Protests” The Quest

 

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 

 

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

 

Teaching Topics

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

  • 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