An interdisciplinary scholar, I'm equipped to teach courses in law and society; U.S. legal, labor, and African-American history; crime and criminality; prisons and imprisonment; rights in theory and practice; social movements; modern U.S. history; women's & gender history; and the history of the American state, among other topics.
My goal as a teacher is to help students cultivate the intellectual skills necessary to critically engage the world around them. In all of my classes, students practice crafting and defending arguments based on evidence rather than assumptions by analyzing primary sources--be they archival documents, interviews, photographs, works of fiction, or statistical data. I design assignments and in class activities to teach students how to do the work of professional scholars rather than to memorize information or regurgitate the ideas of others.
I’ve taught the following courses:
University of Illinois Springfield, Department of Legal Studies
American Law in Comparative Perspective, Online
Graduate Seminar in Law & Politics, Online
Law & Society
Law, Poverty, and Justice
U.S. Legal History (Spring 2020)
Closing Seminar: Ethics and Current Legal Questions (Spring 2020)
University at Buffalo, Department of History
U.S. Legal History
Duke University, Thompson Writing Program
Making Mass Incarceration: Criminal Justice Policy, Past & Present
Click on the links above to see my syllabi. Below, you can find links to my student evaluations and additional prepared syllabi. The documents are password protected. Please contact me if you'd like access. If you're part of a search committee, you can likely find the password at the top of my CV.