University Teaching

Students, Research, and Pragmatism

 

University Teaching
Students, Research, and Pragmatism


My teaching is student- and research-focused, as well as explicitly pragmatic. I believe history and the humanities are useful—even if that utility is not always measurable in dollars and cents.

As an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego, I teach an introductory course on the history of science. The course covers various key moments in the history of science and technology, from the Greeks, to the Enlightenment, to present-day issues—always asking students, “Why does this matter to you?”

At UC San Diego, I teach American Legal History since 1865 (HIUS 151), “Law & Liberty,” as an “Associate-In.” This upper-division class covers civil rights, the right to contract, the New Deal, discrimination, disability, intellectual property, and privacy (the Fourth Amendment, the Right to Privacy of Katz and Griswold, plus modern business and medical issues).

I teach U.S. History II at Mesa College, covering Reconstruction to the modern day, with an emphasis on political and legal developments. We ask questions like, “Who is an American?” and “What is the role of government in providing for its citizens?” I want students to learn some history, but I also want to prepare them to be effective communicators in business, academia, politics, or any area where analysis and critical thinking matter.

As a Teaching Assistant in the Making of the Modern World, the writing program at UC San Diego’s Eleanor Roosevelt College, I teach writing and argument in support of world history content up through the medieval period.

I have also been a TA for numerous history and law classes at UC San Diego, including LAWS 101 (Introduction to Law), COMM 114M (Communicatins and the Law), and HILD 2A-B-C (United States History), among many others.