Teaching

What makes a strong History professor?

Short answer: Commitment, Preparedness, Passion, and Adaptability. For the long answer, please see my teaching statement. For examples of the ways in which I implement these values in the classroom, click here.

I have a wide array of teaching interests, and simply put, love being in the classroom. I have taught courses on both early and modern American history, Western Civilizations, graded for a Latin American history course, and designed my own class on global indigenous history (see the tabs above for further information on these courses). But I am also keenly interested in teaching classes on European, Latin American (this was my second field during my MA coursework), Australian/New Zealand, and African history. While none of these is a research specialization of mine, some of my most vivid moments of intellectual inspiration took place in courses on these subjects. Those are the subjects and moments I hope to share with my students. I would also like to develop classes on specialized topics like American military history, public history, or global environmental history.

In addition to teaching, I also served as the graduate student representative on the steering committee for the UI American Indian and Native Studies Program (AINSP). In that capacity, I helped coordinate campus events like a screening of the film Good Meat, which documents one Lakota man’s struggle against diabetes and his attempt to lose weight by returning to a bison-based diet. Along with my friend and colleague Nick Brown, I also co-organized the 2014 and 2015 AINSP field trips to the Meskwaki Settlement, where students toured the tribal museum, spoke with tribal historian Johnathan Buffalo and language expert Conrad Brown, visited the tribal bison herd, and–most importantly–lunched at the world famous Meskwaki Casino’s Jackpot Buffet.

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Eric and Dr. Nick Brown (third from right) with students during an AINSP field trip in 2014

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