• Teaching and advising

    "Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history."

    Abraham Lincoln, 1862

    Students studying in Suzzallo LIbrary, University of Washington, 1962

    Undergraduate teaching

    Undergraduate courses offered in 2017-18:


    HSTRY 388B: Watergate & the American Presidency (Winter 2018)


    HSTAA 208: The City (Winter 2018)


    HSTAA 345: Modern U.S. Political & Economic History (Spring 2018)


    Other undergraduate courses include:


    HSTAA 303: Modern American Civilization Since 1877


    HSTAA 388/494: Partisan Politics in 20th Century America


    Why study History? The undergraduate study of history teaches critical skills for life, career, and citizenship. Even techies agree. Our undergraduate courses teach students how to strengthen their writing and communication, perform evidence-based analysis, develop skills of critical thinking and informed inquiry, engage in fruitful collaborative projects, and perform rigorous research using primary documents.


    UW History majors go on to a range of careers, from government to Google, from museums to Microsoft. Whether a major, a minor, or a student fulfilling a distribution credit, successful engagement in university-level History coursework provides professional training that employers want and sparks humanistic inquiry over a lifetime.


    Want to understand better how to do it? Some of my previously collected resources for undergraduate research and writing can be found here.


    To explore more history on the web, visit my Resources page.

     Al Ulbrickson, University of Washington crew coach, Seattle, 1937

    Graduate teaching & advising

    Graduate courses offered in 2017-18 are:


    HSTAA 590: History of Capitalism


    Other graduate courses include:


    HSTAA 590: American Political and Policy History


    HSTAA 522: Readings in American History: Late 19th Century to the Present


    HSTAA 508: American Urban History


    HSTAA 590: Welfare States


    I supervise graduate students at the MA and PhD level in the following fields: 20th century US history, urban history, political history, and the history of capitalism. Full description of these fields can be found here.


    As an advisor, my goal is to train top-notch historians who are prepared for both academic and non-academic careers, and who understand how to connect their scholarship to broader audiences. The more historians we have out there engaging in and shaping public debates, the better. Candidates in this and any History graduate program should enter with interest in a wide spectrum of career opportunities that include, and extend beyond, college and university teaching.


    Interested prospective graduate students are welcome to contact me via email.


    For more information on graduate study at the UW and elsewhere, visit my Resources page by clicking the tab at the left.