This course traces the history of the United States during the 1990s. It pays particular attention to the politics of the era, as well as the cultural texts (songs, films, and other phenomena) that both reflected and shaped the period.
History of Emotions & Senses—Syllabus
This course introduces students to the history of emotions and senses. Students explore theories and methods for studying emotions in history, as well as scholarship on emotions or senses in specific historical contexts.
Strikers, Octopi, and Visible Hands: The Railroad and American Capitalism
In popular culture and American historiography, the railroad corporation has long been a site where Americans have grappled with larger questions of political economy.
Sports, not Politics?: Contextualizing Qatar in the History of Controversial Sporting Events
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has faced unprecedented criticism due to allegations of corruption and wide scale human rights abuses in the country in the lead up to the tournament. Criticism of Qatar must be seen in the wider historical context of corruption and "sportswashing," which reveals that global sporting bodies are inherently political despite claims of being apolitical.
“Stockholders Have Civil Rights, Too”
Wilma Soss emerged from the midcentury zeitgeist because she had the right experience and contacts to champion stockholder rights.
Extremism in the United States: From the Ku Klux Klan to January 6—Syllabus
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.
Gaslit Zeroes in on Loyalty to Nixon, But Not Nixon’s Crimes
Gaslit is at its best when it ruminates on presidential power, showing viewers how loyalty can lead to criminality. The show's individual stories are fascinating, but they often obscure Nixon's guilt, along with the social movements of the period.
Let Ukraine Speak: Integrating Scholarship on Ukraine into Classroom Syllabi
This article offers suggestions for integrating scholarship about Ukraine into your syllabi for the coming year. By including works on Ukraine, you will amplify Ukrainian history, culture, and language. In other words, you will let Ukraine speak.
History 3254: The Vietnam War—Syllabus
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.
The Right to Bodily Autonomy: How the Histories of Sex Education and Abortion Shape Current Debates
Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill and the likely decision to overturn Roe v. Wade are shaped by the histories of bodily autonomy as well as parental rights.