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Midterms!

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On March 9, 2019
Here are the midterms I gave to my students this week. Let’s see how you do: U.S. Civil War (we are in late 1863) Answer 1 of the following 2 questions from Part A and Part B: Part A: 1) In late 1862, the Union military effort to defeat the Confederacy had stalled out. By […]

Teaching Evaluations

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On February 13, 2018

Get in a conversation with any group of professors and the topic of teaching evaluations will come up. Specifically, what will come up is that teaching evaluations serve as an excuse for students to s

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Ban Devices in Classrooms

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On May 24, 2016
I routinely ban laptops in the classroom because the majority of the students aren’t going to pay attention to the lecture if they have the option to upload photos to Snapchat. I know this to be true, as if I have to attend a boring and pointless campus meeting, I am probably going to be […]

Civil War Final

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On May 13, 2016

#Historians @ihr_history not all ‘owl-like.. bedraggled’ but rollicking, well-groomed, sane-looking. Daily Mail 1931 pic.twitter.com/fEwaU1L3Bx — IHR Library (@IHR_Library) May 11, 2016 Take

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The Textbook Scam

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On November 1, 2015
Henry Farrell is speaking some truth here about the textbook scam. I teach international relations at a university where political science is the most popular major. As well as teaching intensive seminars, I sometimes teach big entry level courses with 300 students. Every year I do this, I get free textbooks during the summer from […]

Adjuncts

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On March 12, 2015

Let me start by saying that I’ve hesitated to write this post for a few days because I don’t want to come across as that professor who doesn’t get the reality of life for the armies

Historical Images

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On March 5, 2015

After a long hiatus to finish the two books, I have begun updating my historical image blog again. I just put up a set of images on immigration. I like to collect historical images for teaching, as I

Film Course Suggestions

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On January 15, 2015
This spring, I am teaching Recent American History in Film. I have taught this before as a summer course, but those courses are unusual beasts without a lot of relevance for a traditional 15 week course. I don’t need suggestions on films, though I will put them up for you when I finish the syllabus. […]
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