• Teaching and advising

    "Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history."

    Abraham Lincoln, 1862

    Students studying in Suzzallo LIbrary, University of Washington, 1962

    Undergraduate teaching

    The courses I currently teach are:


    HSTRY 288/HSTAA 290: Elections as History (Fall 2016)


    HSTAA 208: The City (Winter 2017; also will be taught Winter 2018)


    HSTAA 235: The Modern United States (Winter 2017; also will be taught Spring 2018)


    Previous 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, including resources that I recommend to my undergraduate students, visit my Resources page by clicking the tab at the left.


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

    Graduate teaching & advising

    My regularly offered 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 currently 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 History PhDs we have out there engaging in and shaping public debates, the better.  Candidates in this and any History PhD program should enter with interest in a wide spectrum of career opportunities that include, and extend beyond, college and university teaching. 


    At present, I am not taking on new graduate students beyond those already in the UW MA/PhD program.  However, I am happy to be a resource for any who would like to learn more about doctoral study in history.  If you are one of these prospective graduate students, feel free 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.