Biography

A number of great Midwestern states have been my home for the past 15 years, and I have enjoyed studying and teaching at public and private institutions across 4 of them. Exploring the museums, gardens, and zoos in the Chicago area during my free time has been an amazing and enriching experience, but I am equally at home in the forested hillsides, tranquil lakeshores, and winding roads of Kentucky and Tennessee. 

Naturally, culture is important to a “cultural historian,” and my interests run the gamut. I have eclectic tastes in music, but I also enjoy a little decompression time at my own Yamaha upright grand. Films ranging from Cold War Sci-Fi flicks to the newest horror remake also provide a reprieve from more cerebral pursuits. Additionally, I am a devoted follower of both Olympic cycles, the FIFA World Cup (minus the vuvuzelas), and tennis and diving world tour events. 

My outdoor pursuits include photographing the local flora and fauna or enjoying views of the constellations and moon from my lakeside perch. Over the years, I have developed an interest in folkways gardening, which connects to my kitchen finesse. When I need a reprieve from a long day of teaching or writing, I enjoy creating in the kitchen.

My home page outlines my diverse training, pedagogical perspective, and teaching and research interests, but below you can click and receive my teaching philosophy and current CV. Check the dedicated "courses" and "research" pages for more detailed descriptions of courses I have designed or for information on my research projects. My blog will slowly fill with musings on historical pedagogy and practice, cultural history, and public history engagement. 

 
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Education

 

Ph.D. in Modern European History (2021)

Northwestern University

Specialization: Transnational Cultural History
Minor Field: 19th & 20th Century Russian History

M.A. in American History (2012)

Middle Tennessee State University

Thematic Minor: Gender & Sexuality

M.A. in European History (2010)

University of Cincinnati

Thematic Minor: Cultural History
Graduate Certificate: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

B.A. in History (2008)

University of Evansville

Medieval & Early Modern European History
Gender & Sexuality

 

Teaching & Mentoring

Northwestern University: Instructor for the School of Professional Studies

  • Winter 2019 History 250-B, Global History since 1750

  • Summer 2018 History 300, The Cultural Cold War (1945-1991)

Northwestern University: Teaching Assistant for the History Department

  • Winter 2019 History 349, History of the Holocaust

  • Fall 2018 History 344, Germany since 1945 (Grader)

  • Fall 2017 History 200, Russian Culture in Revolution

  • Spring 2016 History 360, Tudor-Stuart Britain

  • Spring 2015 History 201, European Civilization 1789-1991

  • Fall 2014 History 361, Sex and Scandal in EM England

  • Spring 2014 History 361, US Gay and Lesbian History

  • Fall 2013 History 349, History of the Holocaust

Northwestern University: History Writing Center Coordinator & Mentor

Mentored 128 students on 204 occasions to help them plan more substantial essays, bolster arguments, and develop a better understanding of basic historiographical counterpoint. Nearly two-thirds of these students were either ESL or STEM students who needed help with writing while also acclimating to historical modes of thinking in a more personal setting than the classroom.

Middle Tennessee State University: Teaching Assistant for the History Department

  • Spring 2012 History 2020, United States History II (ethnomusicology focus)

  • Fall 2011 History 2020, United States History II (focus on race & politics)

  • Spring 2011 History 2020, United States History II (ethnomusicology focus)

  • Fall 2010  History 2020, United States History II (focus on race & politics)

University of Cincinnati: Teaching Assistant for History Department

  • Spring 2010 History 3070, Masculinity in Britain and America 1800-2000

  • Winter 2010 History 3030, Twentieth-Century Britain

  • Fall 2009 History 3010, Eighteenth-Century Britain and the Empire

  • Spring 2009 WC 1030, European Civilization, 1789-1989 

  • Winter 2009 WC 1020, European Civilization, 1500-1789

  • Fall 2008 WC 1010, European Civilization, 1200-1500

 

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J.T. Carroll, Historian

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