Students role-playing the trial of Galileo Galilei for heresy. (link)

course rotation at Bowdoin College:

  • Hist 2060 Old Regime and Revolutionary France (syllabus)

  • Hist 2061 Culture Wars in the Age of Enlightenment

  • Hist 2062 Europe's Age of Expansion, 1492-1776

  • Hist 2063 Challenging the Catholic Church, 1529-1633 (syllabus)

  • Hist 2540 The Politics of Private Life, 1500-1800

  • Hist 2541 Crime and Punishment, 1500-1800 (syllabus) (Bowdoin story on podcasts)

  • Hist 2543 The History of the Body (syllabus)

  • Hist 2862 The Haitian Revolution

teaching philosophy

My courses introduce students to the breadth and depth of early modern European history, with a particular focus on the cultural, social, intellectual, and political revolutions that reverberated around the globe. My goals are not simply to teach students what happened in the past but to reflect on why it happened and what it means for the present. Historians do far more than memorize names and dates, working instead to locate and make sense of primary sources, craft narratives of change over time, and make arguments in dialogue with existing scholarship. I ask my students to do the same by emphasizing analysis, interpretation, and argument at every level of the curriculum.