Course Blogs

This is a site designed for intellectual engagement for my students in various courses. Even if you are not currently enrolled in one of the courses below, please  feel free to join in our learning journey.

History 107: Modern Europe Since 1789

This course will cover the late-eighteenth century to the present, and topically we will discuss politics, the role of the individual, social differentiation, science, philosophy, culture, nationality, gender, and more.


History 204: Historical Methodology

This course is not a content course. We will be learning the process of how historians do what they do from finding source, to analyzing and contextualizing, to communicating those findings to a wider audience.


History 234: Interwar Europe

Many of you will want to be studying the two world wars, but that is not what this course is about. View the very simplistic presentation I have created below to see how much richer this period is than just men in uniforms killing each other. This period saw great transformations in politics, culture, and science, just to name a few.

What can you expect from this course?


History 254: Russia: Quest for the Modern

We will begin our survey of modern Russia in the late-nineteenth century as the country was undergoing tremendous social and economic change.  We will pursue a thematic study of the attempts and failures to create a modern utopia. The course will conclude by assessing Russia today in light of its turbulent past.


First Year Seminar (FYS)

Utopias, Dystopias, and Engineering “Progress”