I am an assistant professor at a small liberal arts college in Virginia.
I began my teaching a career at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where I served as both a Teaching Assistant (2010-2013) and Instructor (2011-2013) in the History Department. As a Teaching Assistant I helped with courses in early American history, U.S. environmental history, U.S. working-class history, global maritime history, late imperial Chinese history, and Chinese maritime history. As an Instructor, I taught my own courses in Pacific Islands history, U.S. environmental and labor history, and multiple courses in Chinese history.
In 2014 I taught as an instructor in environmental humanities at the Middlebury School of the Environment in Vermont. My essay, “Marx in the Mountains” Perspectives on History 53 (February 2015), reflects on my experiences teaching environmental humanities in the Middlebury program. Furthermore, my students and I co-wrote a document, “Forms of Working-Class / Peasant Environmental Resistance,” which is available for download online.
I was recently interviewed about the School of the Environment. You can see excerpts in the video below.
I am also featured in the following short film about the School of the Environment.
Since fall 2015, I am Assistant Professor of Public History at Roanoke College. My public history students have contributed research to an ongoing exploration of local African American history, engaged in hands-on service learning at the college archives, have put on their own “Antiques Roadshow”-style public event, and are regularly blogging about their experiences on our Internships Blog and our Material Culture blog. Our public history students spend a lot of time in the field, learning from experts, and working hands-on with community members. Several history students have also worked as Research Assistants and/or volunteered with the Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project, a community-based public history initiative that I direct. Students in my gen ed queer public humanities course “Sex & Storytelling” conduct oral histories with elders in the LGBTQ community, as well as engage in service learning collaborations with local non-profits such as an HIV/STI testing clinic, a sexual assault resource center, and a church for LGBTQ Christians. As head of the public history program, I am also responsible for overseeing student internships and promoting greater collaboration between the college and off-campus community.