Teaching and Courses

HIST 445/845 Civil War and Reconstruction: This is an upper-division course for history majors and advanced history students. We read new scholarship on the Civil War and we extensively use digital history projects to analyze and understand the conflict, including The Valley of the Shadow, Visualizing Emancipation, the digitized Civil War newspapers collections.

HIST 111 History of the U.S. since 1877: The U.S. history survey course is one that I regularly teach and enjoy. Over the last five years I have worked to make the course more focused on historical habits of mind, writing, and primary source analysis. In 2009 and 2010 I experimented with a home-grown UNL classroom wiki system for group writing projects to improve writing. In 2012 I extensively reworked the syllabus to use all digital primary sources and materials, including History Matters, leading digital history projects, and Library of Congress American Memory.

HIST 946 Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar in Digital Humanities: This course is part of our new Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities program. The course is a foundational readings seminar in DH for advanced graduate students. It was developed in consultation with my colleagues in DH: Stephen Ramsay, Amanda Gailey, Ken Price, Douglas Seefeldt, Andy Jewell, and Brett Barney. One of the key pedagogical innovations in this course is to engage students early in the semester in an intensive DH building project as a frame of reference for the readings and discussion to follow.

HIST364: Slavery and Emancipation in U.S. History: This course grows out of my current research on slavery, the law, and early Washington, D.C. petitions for freedom. It will be a general survey and lecture course at the upper level, and part of a broader suite of new courses we are developing at Nebraska.

Other courses I regularly teach:

HIST 365 History of the U.S. South: This course (also taught in summer session format) is one of my favorites. I extensively use Southern Spaces (Emory University), and digital history projects developed at the Virginia Center for Digital History at UVA.

HIST 970 Graduate Seminar in Digital History This course is a research seminar in digital history aimed at providing advanced graduate students with the necessary skills to build a digital history project based on their dissertation research.

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