My teaching is based on the conviction that history is not simply a set of facts, but a way of seeing the world. I design my courses to foster foundational skills of historical thinking—interpreting sources, analyzing contexts, evaluating causation and contingency—and to help students recognize the relevance of history in their own lives. My teaching fields include Europe since the French Revolution, the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany, race and antisemitism in modern Europe, and twentieth-century genocides and crimes against humanity. In the future, I plan to develop a sequence on European intellectual history that will emphasize the instability of European national, racial, and religious identities, as well as the role of empire in shaping modern European thought.
Below are syllabi for a selection of the undergraduate courses I have offered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (since Fall ’20) and Harvard (Fall ’18-Spring ’20). I’ve also included some additional materials that I use in my classes (assignments, bibliographies, writing guides). These materials are posted as resources for other educators, and I am always eager to collaborate with teachers in similar fields.
Public History Assignment: Sites of Nazi Persecution and Genocide (Examples of my students’ work are available here.)
Primary Source Bibliography: The Weimar Republic
Primary Source Bibliography: War Crimes Tribunals
Writing Guide: How to Write a Research Paper in History (This brief guide was prepared for my seminar on genocide and war crimes tribunals, but can be widely adapted.)