During Spring 2019, I’ll be the instructor of record for “Writing About Cities: Place and Memory,” an upper-level undergraduate seminar offered by Princeton’s History Department and cross-listed by the programs in American Studies and Urban Studies. From street names to Confederate statues to urban redevelopment, questions of place and public memory are intertwined and frequently contested. In this course, students learn to read cities as cultural texts by engaging in cultural analysis, archival research, and geographic fieldwork. They also contribute to discussions about place and memory by proposing a new memorial or monument for Princeton’s campus. At the end of the semester, students present their proposals to university administrators and community members. The syllabus for this course will be publicly available in early December 2018.
#breakupthetrusts! While teaching “Gilded Age and Progressive Era U.S. History,” my students and I used hashtags to summarize and discuss the campaign platforms of the four U.S. presidential candidates in the 1912 election, thereby incorporating digital humanities tools into a conventional classroom discussion.
I’m prepared to teach courses on U.S. history after 1865, the U.S. West, U.S. engagement with the Pacific World, borders and borderlands, the history of technology, maritime history, digital history, cultural landscapes, infrastructure studies, urban and suburban history, and space and place.