• Teaching & advising

    "Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history."

    Abraham Lincoln, 1862

    Students studying in Suzzallo LIbrary, University of Washington, 1962


    Here are syllabi for undergraduate courses offered in 2018-19. UW students can find registration information via MyPlan and course web pages on Canvas.


    HSTAA 213: History of the American Presidency (Fall 2018)


    HSTRY 388: Watergate (Winter 2019)


    HSTAA 208: The City (Winter 2019)


    HSTAA 345: U.S. Political & Economic History, 1920-present (Spring 2019)


    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.


    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


    I am not offering formal graduate courses in 2018-19 but am willing to arrange independent studies for necessary field preparation as schedules allow.


    Here are links to some past graduate course syllabi:


    HSTAA 590: History of Capitalism


    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: 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.


    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.


    I welcome new graduate students who have experience in primary-source research and historical writing, a strong grounding in American history and recent historiography through an undergraduate major or minor in History or a closely related discipline, and an interest in engaging new research tools, media platforms, and audiences with their work. 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.


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

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