Teaching Approach:

I believe that scholarly productivity is indispensable to effective university teaching. Continuous attention to the practice and craft of history (through archival research, reading, and writing) reinforces habits and methods essential to understanding the past while better equipping us to explain its enduring influence on the present. My instructional approach is “content-centered;” I rely heavily upon original texts and documents in translation in an effort to aid students in acquiring knowledge of themselves and their community rooted in an appreciation of other cultures and past traditions. As the majority of my students will not pursue history as a vocation, my goal is to equip them to be informed citizens capable of thinking intelligently about history and its relevance to contemporary society.