• Teaching & advising

    "Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history."

    Abraham Lincoln, 1862

    Students studying in Suzzallo LIbrary, University of Washington, 1962

    Undergraduate

    I will be offering the following undergraduate lecture courses and seminars in 2019-2020. UW students can find registration information via MyPlan and course web pages on Canvas.

    My other regularly offered undergraduate courses include:

    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.

     

    Most significantly, they gain a balanced understanding of the past that allows them to place current events in context, distinguish the factual from the fake, and think smartly and strategically about the future.

     

    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.

     

    To learn more about history and find tips for historical research and writing, visit my Resources page.

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

    Graduate

    I will be offering the following graduate course in 2019-20:

    • HSTAA 522: Readings in American History: Late 19th Century to the Present (Spring 2020)

    I also conduct independent readings courses (HSTRY 600) as schedules allow. Please contact me directly if you are a current graduate student interested in taking such a course as part of your field preparation.

     

    Here are links to some past graduate course syllabi:

    ADVISING AND ADMISSION INFORMATION: I supervise graduate students at the MA and PhD level in: 20th century US history, urban history, political history, and the history of capitalism. Full description of these fields and required/recommended preparation can be found here.

     

    I will be available to take on new graduate students as a primary advisor in Fall 2020. Competitive candidates will have experience in primary-source research and historical writing, and a strong grounding in American history and recent historiography through an undergraduate major or minor in History or a closely related discipline. They also will have a strong interest in bringing their research to wider public audiences as well as in teaching at all levels.

     

    Prospective graduate students interested in working with me as a first-field advisor should contact me via email at an early stage in their application process. I'm also happy to correspond with any student who is curious about History graduate school (here or elsewhere) and what it entails.

     

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

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