Professor of Education, Assistant Digital Archivist, He/him/his
I am a public historian, which is to say I train historians to work in the wild at museums, archives, historic sites and the like. My Ph.D. is from the College of William and Mary, where I was the only doctoral candidate to pass the Kobayashi Maru test. I wrote a couple of books that aren’t terrible and have created digital projects, including SpokaneHistorical.org. When I'm not historying, I am grinding gravel on my bicycle on the trails and backroads of beautiful eastern Washington.
In which online degree program do you teach?
In what ways do you connect with online students?
Zoom is good, actually. Feel free to call or email as well.
What do you want your students to take away from class?
I hope students will learn that history is many things and that historians take their training to many different workplaces. History is at its most fun in the wild.
What is the value of an advanced degree in today’s work environment?
I have a philosophical answer, which is that understanding history is necessary to be a good citizen in a democracy. As a practical matter, a graduate degree in history can be helpful for career advancement in many fields.
What advice would you give to your online students?
Your curiosity should be insatiable. Dive deep, learn critically and find the connections between the things that you learn. This should be an adventure, not a trudge.
Why did you start teaching?
When I first thought about going to grad school, I expressed my reservations to a good friend. I told her that I was worried that if I became a professor, I might also become one of those insufferable know-it-alls who was always explaining everything to everyone around him. "You already are that guy," she reassured me. "Go for it."
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