Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
All of my work comes together in the area of scholarship around pedagogy and curriculum. Whether through world history contributions such as “Teaching World History at the College Level” in A Companion to World History, interventions in African history such as A Primer for Teaching African History and African Histories: New Sources and New Techniques for Studying African Pasts (with Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia), editorial projects such as the Oxford University Press Uncovering History Project, as well as documentaries and consulting for the New York City Board of Education and Gates Ventures, my work stresses intentional design and high-impact practices for student success and achievement. In general, I believe that we are at a moment of crisis in history enrollment and studies, but it is a situation that can be generative of new ideas, strategies, and techniques. As historians, we have an opportunity share our ideas and to improve how history is taught.
In 2018, I received a $250,000 gift from the Agentives Fund to lead the development of a new approach to the first-year college history course. Entitled History for the 21st Century, this project takes a collaborative approach to the development of student-focused, responsive, effective History education at the general education and introductory level. We aim to build, and study, a new generation of highly effective materials, courses, and pedagogy.