I’ve worked to develop a variety of courses in my research field, including specialty courses in French, Irish, and environmental history. Below are a selection of those courses, and their most recent syllabi.
HIST 1120: Global History Since 1500: War & Revolution
This course takes a thematic approach to investigating major patterns of interaction between diverse human societies over the past 500 years. Students will critically analyze how cultural, social, economic, and/or environmental exchanges between people from different regions helped shape the modern world.
HIST 2291: The Historian’s Craft
This course examines the evolution of history as a scholarly discipline, as well as questions surrounding its process and the analysis and application of historical source material. Topics include historiography, historical theory, concepts, methodology, fields, research skills, controversy and the overall history of historical thinking and writing.
HIST 4405 (now 3327): World War I & its Legacy
The First World War was the most influential event of the twentieth century. Its social, cultural, economic and political impact extended far beyond the 1914-1918 period and affected generations of men and women, as well as the development and trajectory of nations. This course explores the war thematically and, in observation of its centenary, examines how it has been remembered and commemorated.
HIST 4445: Modern Ireland
This course examines major themes and events in Irish history, from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century, including Ireland’s political, economic and cultural development, the evolution and impacts of nationalism and Unionism, rebellion and the pursuit of sovereignty. It explores Ireland’s broader relationship with Britain and Europe, as well as Northern Ireland and the “Troubles.”
HIST 6600: Graduate Proseminar
The Pro-seminar provides graduate students with training in historiographical essay development through advanced readings, research synthesis, and writing concise literature synopses. As a core course for the program in Historical Resources Management, it emphasizes the spatial and transnational aspects of historical study. The theme of war and violence challenges students to consider how interpretation, research, and writing on the topic have varied over time.
This course examines key ideas, events, movements and individuals in French history that have impacted and driven social, political, cultural, and intellectual movements in France, the French Empire and Francophone world, and globally. Specific topics include Old Regime culture, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and Napoleonic era, nineteenth century revolutions, the Third Republic and Paris Commune, imperialism and mission civilisatrice, religion and citizenship, the Belle Époque, the Great War, Vichy France and World War II, decolonization, 1968 and popular protest, metropole-periphery identities and the European Union.
Environmental History of Ireland
Ireland’s environment has significantly influenced its cultural, social, and political development. This course explores Irish environmental history from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century, with special focus turned toward issues of plantation and displacement, agriculture and animal husbandry, agrarian crime and rebellion, urban growth, the impact of modernization and globalization, and the efficacy of environmental protest. Students are assessed through periodic in-class quizzes, interactive discussions, and critical essays. Each student will contribute to a semester-long digital research project examining the environmental impact of the global Irish Diaspora.