I am a professor of popular culture, gender studies scholar, and emerging expert on teaching and learning. I advocate for introverts in the college classroom and for academic nerds in infinite diversity and infinite combinations.
I began teaching U.S. history, cultural studies, women’s history, history of sexuality, and gender studies in 1997 as an adjunct faculty member at a variety of schools, including California State University East Bay, Portland Community College, Lewis and Clark College, Oregon State University, Case Western Reserve University, and Denison College. I earned my Ph.D. in history at Claremont Graduate University in 2001. Today I am a tenured full professor in the history department at SUNY Plattsburgh, where I teach classes on U.S. history 1877 to the present, popular culture history, and history methodology classes. I also create and teach specialized seminars such as “Superheroes in U.S. Culture,” “The Prom: History, Politics, Culture, and Society,” “The Apocalypse in U.S. Popular Culture,” “Doing History with Documentary Film,” and “Zombies in Popular Culture.” As the Teaching Fellow at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Center for Teaching Excellence for several years, I facilitated a variety of professional development opportunities for faculty such as teaching workshops, individual consultations, class visits, online resources, and department consultations. In 2013, I received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
In addition to Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want to Be Effective Teachers (West Virginia University Press), I am the author of Manly Meals and Mom’s Home Cooking: Cookbooks and Gender in Modern America (Johns Hopkins University Press) and Housework and Housewives in American Advertising: Married to the Mop (Palgrave Macmillan). I have also published numerous book chapters and articles in anthologies and scholarly journals including Advertising & Society Review, Journal of American History, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, The History Teacher, Journal of Popular Culture, Journal of Social History, Journal of Women’s History, Studies in Popular Culture, Teaching History, and Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy.
History Department, SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
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