This course uses graphic novels to think about the past and considers how the visual medium can reveal new understandings of familiar historical events. Students examine graphic novels alongside archival materials to analyze and interpret complex and difficult stories of war, trauma, slavery, social protest, sexuality, citizenship, and civil rights.
This course provides a historical overview of extremism in the United States from Reconstruction through the present. Students will explore primary sources ranging from political pamphlets to diaries, religious tracts, government records, and films, alongside scholarly literature, to equip them with a foundational knowledge of the history of extremism in the US during the long twentieth century.
This syllabus approaches the history of the Vietnam War through social history, engaging a variety of perspectives and teaching through oral history narratives and novels. The course schedule includes readings, films, oral histories, and other resources.
Gaming the Past is intended to introduce students to the concept of historical games as both a pedagogical tool and a primary document to be analyzed. Students read current theory on gaming in education, historical games and their connection to popular culture and public memory formation, and finally design their own education simulation.
This upper division course examines American history from a historical and structural perspective to understand how reproduction and reproductive rights intersect with hierarchies of power.
This course explores the history of the United States since 2000. It pays particular attention to the historical developments that have shaped students’ lives—the global “war on terror,” widening income and wealth inequality, the explosion of the Internet and social media, and intensifying battles over immigration and national and cultural identity.
This course explores natural disasters across North and South America. It focuses on student-driven learning through assignments like show-and-tell about a primary source. The course asks questions like what isn’t natural about a natural disaster.
This syllabus, "White Backlash and the American State," examines the relationship between white vigilantism, state violence, and the American state.
This course explores the history of Mexican-descent people in the United States since 1848. It gives particular attention to how the story of Mexican America appears in public sites of historical memory in the nation, and tasks students with developing a proposal for a museum exhibit or monument on a topic in Mexican American history.