My primary teaching interests relate to recent American and world history, especially since World War II. I consider myself a social historian, who is very interested in the way politics and culture influence society. These interests inform all of the courses I teach, but they are by no means the only topics covered in my classes. By clicking on the course titles in the following list, you will learn more about my classes.
History 252 (US Since 1865)
History 375 (Oral History: War & American Society)
History 458 (US Since 1945)
History 470 (The American South)
History 473 (California History II)
History 468 (African American History)
History 498 (Civil Rights Seminar)
History 498 (Labor History Seminar)
History 498 (Southern History Seminar)
History 498 (Urban/Suburban History Seminar)
History 500 (Historical Methods)
History 510 (Race & Nation)
Reading, Writing, and Oral History:
Reading and writing are crucial skills for studying history, and they play important roles in the classes that I teach. I expect that students in my classes will learn to read, write and think critically about the past. To that end, I often I assign book review essays and research papers. To aid students in these writing assignments, I have compiled a list of ten tips for historical writing.
--Ten Tips for Historical Writing
As a scholar of the recent past, I have often had the luxury to speak with the people who made the history that I study. These oral history interviews fill gaps in the written historical record, but they are much more than conversations. To help students and scholars get the most out of oral history interviews, the Southern Oral History Program--where I used to work--has compiled its own list of interview tips that will help anyone embarking upon and oral history project.
--Ten Tips for Oral History Interviewing