University of Minnesota Morris

Fall 2022 Courses

  • GWSS 1101 Introduction to Gender, Women, & Sexuality
  • HIST 3181 The Study of History [methods]
  • IS2001H Traditions in Human Thought [Honors] (Athena Kildegaard)

Additional Courses

  • GWSS 2404 Feminist, Queer, and Intersectional Theories
  • HIST 1111 Introduction to World History
  • HIST 2132 History of Fairy Tales & Folklore in Europe
  • HIST 2151 Modern Europe
  • HIST 2708W Gender, Women, and Sexuality in Modern Europe
  • HIST 3204 Nazi Germany
  • HIST 3209 Modern Germany
  • HIST 3212 French Revolution
  • HIST 3214 History of Childhood

My curiosity about learning, reading, and writing as historical phenomena animates my pedagogy. The educational world of my research—the 18th- & 19th-century Europe of Rousseau, Campe, and Froebel—differs in many ways from that of the 21st-century United States, with near universal secondary education, new technologies, and new challenges. But my approach to teaching and learning shares with those thinkers a respect for the potential meaning of education, not only in the growth of the individual, but in the life of society.

Whether in large survey classes or independent research settings, my courses are designed around source-driven history. I aim to give students tools to track evidence, to read for perspective, to weigh arguments, and to make sense of contradictory information through their own writing.

Examples of my students’ work may be found here.

Past Teaching Experience


A History of Fairy Tales (Spring 2011)

Europe and the World: Expansion, Encounter, and Exchange from 1500 to the Present (Summer 2010)

Writing Instructor

University of Minnesota Center for Writing (2014-2015)

Williams College Writing Workshop (2005-2007)

  • Undergraduate Writing Fellow (peer tutor for writing support across the college)

Teaching Assistant

The Family from 10,000 BCE to the Present (Fall 2009)

  • Subsequent to this course, the two professors (Mary Jo Maynes and Ann Waltner), two TAs, and one undergraduate student presented a panel at the World History Association conference in Beijing (July 2011) on “Teaching World History as Family History; China as a Case in Point.” We  also co-authored an article which has been published by The Middle Ground Journal (Fall 2013).