B.A. American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Ph.D. American Studies, Yale University
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246
I try to give students the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge, experience, and confidence to expand their personal horizons, to become more effective and active citizens, and to have the abilities to succeed in a range of possible vocations. I base my teaching philosophy on the assumption that students can accomplish more than they believe possible. My task is to encourage them to take the intellectual risks that are fundamental for their success, and to design the course so that they can progressively build on their developing intellectual capacities. I try to empower students by making them active participants in their own education. I make use of a range of appropriate educational technology to facilitate communication, ongoing assessment, and cooperative group learning. Learning outcomes are the organizing focus when I design my courses; I choose a disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or multidisciplinary approach depending on which best fits the outcomes I hope to achieve. While I am committed to teaching analytical and communication skills, I also try to push students out of their "comfort zone" by challenging their preconceptions and assumptions. All points of view presented within a constructive and open-minded intellectual framework are welcome in my classroom.
My teaching interests currently focus on the intersection of history and cinema, particularly Hollywood films, with a special emphasis on gender and sexuality. My hope is to open students up to an understanding of the complex ways people identify with, perform and perceive a range of genders and sexualities, and to grapple with the way they identify with categories of race, ethnicity, class, religion, region and nation.
Recent Courses Taught
BCUSP 104/107 Discovery Core I (Los Angeles: City of Dreams, City of Nightmares)
BIS 349 Hollywood Cinema and Genres
BIS 490 Advanced Seminar (Hollywood Cinema, Gender and Sexuality)
Originally a political historian of US culture (or a cultural historian US politics), I have published books on gender and politics in the late nineteenth century, and women’s history in the early nineteenth century. I then moved on to the scholarship of teaching and learning, especially scaffolding, assessment, historical thinking, collaborative learning, self-regulated learning and educational technology, and was a consultant on a number of Teaching American History grants. I am currently working on a project that explores the film Working Girl as an expression of white women’s working-class feminism.
"Re-designing the U.S. Women's History Survey Course Using Feminist Pedagogy, Educational Research, and New Technologies, " chapter in Clio in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching U.S. Women's History (Oxford University Press: 2008).
"Rebel Without a Cause : Using Film to Teach Dating in the 1950s," OAH Magazine of History (Spring 2004).
"Populism" entry, American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia (Sage Publications: 2004) An Army of Women: Gender and Politics in Gilded-Age Kansas(Johns Hopkins University Press: 2000).
"Expanding the Possibilities of the U.S. Survey Through Student-Directed Teaching and Learning," OAH Magazine of History (Winter 1996).