At Dartmouth, I teach courses on modern European history, with special focus on culture and thought, imperialism, religion, and politics. Click below for syllabi of my most recent courses. In 2016, I was voted by the senior class as Dartmouth’s best professor, and was awarded the Jerome Goldstein Award for Distinguished Teaching.
European in the Age of Violence, 1789-Present (HIST 3.03, syllabus)
This course explores the dramatic upheavals that shaped Europe and the world over the last two centuries. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, it charts the surprising relationships that developed between wars and migration waves, revolutions and technological discoveries, sexual liberation and social oppression. In particular, it will highlight how Europe’s history was tied to the rest of the globe, through imperialism, commerce, migration, political activism, and decolonization.
Over the past two centuries, European culture, society, and politics experienced a series of dramatic transformations, changes that unleashed a myriad of intellectual theories and debates. From politics and science to sexuality and religion, new ideas altered all fields of European thought, as thinkers sought to understand the turmoil around them. Through a close reading and discussion of European’s most influential writers, this course explores key modern artistic and ideological movements, including the Enlightenment, romanticism, Marxism, feminism, anti-colonialism, psychoanalysis, conservatism, and free-market liberalism.
Modern Germany (HIST 52; syllabus)
The century after Germany’s first unification (1871) was an era of dramatic transformations and contradictions: while Germans enjoyed unprecedented prosperity, technological advances, and mobility, they also unleashed and experienced terror, total war, foreign occupations, and mass murder. Contrasting visions of a new society ushered in a range of different regimes—an Empire, a liberal republic, a murderous racist dictatorship, Communist rule, and a democratic welfare state—yet these visions also led to the emancipation of women, the development of a new consumer society, the transformation of everyday lives, and the creation of environmentalist movements and new counter-cultures. Drawing from a wide variety of primary sources, including film, literature, political tracts, letters, and historical speeches, this course presents a multidimensional picture of the social, intellectual, political, and cultural transitions that shaped German experiences in modern times.
WWII: Ideology, Experience, Legacy (HIST 53; syllabus)
WWII transformed the world – politically, culturally, and socially. This course explores the origins, nature, and legacies of the most dramatic war in modern times. Rather than focusing only on the military aspect, it explores the multiple ideological, cultural, political, and social factors that intersected in this monumental conflict. Students will learn about the worldviews that led to the war; the experiences of soldiers, policymakers, and ordinary people at the home fronts; and the institutions, technologies, and cultures that emerged at the war’s aftermath, and which continued to shape the globe for decades.
Nazism: Culture, Society, War (Advanced Seminar) (HIST 96; syllabus)
The Nazi movement created one of the most radical revolutions in modern history. After overthrowing Germany’s democratic system, the Nazis energetically and ruthlessly altered Germany and Europe, bringing exciting opportunities for some and horrific repression for others. This advanced seminar (for history majors in their junior and senior years) explores the origins, nature, and consequences of Nazism. It investigates the role of sexuality, law, politics, religion, science, entertainment, and violence in the Third Reich.
The Nuremberg Trial (First Year Writing Seminar) (HIST 7; syllabus)
The trial of the major Nazi leaders in Nuremberg (1945-1946) was a foundational moment in modern history. By creating the International War Tribunals, the victors of WWII not only punished the leaders of the defeated Nazi regime; they also exposed countless secret documents from the Third Reich’s archives, reshaped the structure of international law, and laid the foundations for future global institutions. This seminar explores the complex origins, nature, and impact of this dramatic trial. Utilizing multiple sources and testimonies, it investigates life and culture in the Third Reich, as well as the contested legacies of Nazism in the immediate postwar years.