I mostly teach United States history, but I sometimes teach Western Civilization, historical methods, and an environmental issues course. I have given up using textbooks and rely almost exclusively on primary sources. With all due respect to my fellow historians, I think students learn more about the past by interacting with someone who was there instead of someone with perspective and an expertise in the field. A disproportionate amount of my time is spent thinking about how to get moderately interested students to imaginatively and critically engage with the past.
United States cultural history with a special interest in the intersection of religious and environmental thought.
BA in History from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, MA in American Studies from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, PhD in History from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia