Teaching

“The reconstruction of worlds is one of the historian’s most important tasks.  He undertakes it, not from some strange urge to dig up archives and sift through old paper, but because he wants to talk with the dead.”

- Historian Robert Darnton

       This reflection on the historian’s task guides my philosophy of teaching as well.  I allow those from past worlds to my students in their own words. Also, by encouraging students to practice source criticism and consider different ways of interpreting the past, I model the practice of doing history in addition to presenting the material itself.

 

       In addition, I challenge them with innovative assessments, often incorporating the digital humanities and always seeking when possible to require original thought rather than a “standard” research paper or midterm.  I bring an enthusiasm and genuine interest in students to the classroom that enhances learning allows them to better relate to the material.  For me, teaching and research are not separate realms but rather intertwined and should inform each other, allowing both students and I to benefit. Indeed, I am particularly happy to be involved in important collaborative research with undergraduates.

Students taking Modern European History practice forming a Napoleonic infantry square on the lawn at UVA 

I teach a broad range of courses (including both halves of World Civilizations) as well as Modern Europe, Modern Germany, history of the Jews in Europe, the Holocaust, Comparative Genocide, Historical Methodology, and graduate courses in German History. In addition, I have developed courses in the history of Antisemitism, the History of Museums, Holocaust on Film, and Digital History.  While at UNO, I developed a Holocaust and Genocide Studies minor that was approved and is now part of the curriculum.  I genuinely enjoy developing new course material that challenges both students and me in the classroom.  I am particularly proud of my new public history course: Curating the Past- A History of the Museum.

Museum-quality exhibit created by students in my Public History course.  (Click here to see each panel in detail)

Courses Taught

 

I teach a broad range of courses (including both halves of World Civilizations) as well as Modern Europe, Modern Germany, history of the Jews in Europe, the Holocaust, Comparative Genocide, Historical Methodology, and graduate courses in German History. In addition, I have developed courses in the history of Antisemitism, the History of Museums, Holocaust on Film, and Digital History.  While at UNO, I developed a Holocaust and Genocide Studies minor that was approved and is now part of the curriculum.  I genuinely enjoy developing new course material that challenges both students and me in the classroom.

Course Portfolio

  • History of the Holocaust

  • Killing in the Courtroom- Mass Atrocities, War Crimes, and the Law*

  • Antisemitism- A History*

  • The Holocaust on Film*

  • Historical Methodology- A History of Violence in Europe, 1500-2000

  • History of the Holocaust (Graduate)

  • Comparative Genocide (Graduate/Undergraduate)

  • Curating the Past- The History of the Museum*

  • Digital History*

  • Readings in the Holocaust (Graduate)

  • Readings in German History (Graduate)

  • The Second World War

  • Modern European History, 1789-1918

  • History of Eastern Europe

  • Modern Germany

  • World Civilizations II, 1500 to Present

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