NEH Teacher Institute: Cultures of Independence

Applications are now being accepted for this new teacher workshop funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the … Continue reading NEH Teacher Institute: Cultures of Independence

Spring 2015: World’s Fairs and Empire

World’s fairs, the enormously popular spectacles that began in the middle of the nineteenth century and continue in lesser forms today, provide a rich body of evidence for investigating the cultures and ideologies of their times. This course will reach beyond the popular veneer of world’s fairs – the Ferris wheel, the ice cream cone, … Continue reading Spring 2015: World’s Fairs and Empire

Book List Added: Fall 2014, Issues in Public History (Graduate)

Course description: Historians play a vital role in creating an engaged and informed citizenry. This seminar provides an in-depth examination of the issues and controversies that arise for historians and the public in settings such as historic sites and museums. The seminar also serves as an introduction to research in public history, a field of … Continue reading Book List Added: Fall 2014, Issues in Public History (Graduate)

Spring 2014: Cities and Suburbs (512:364)

The following books for this course have been ordered through the University District Bookstore: American Urban Form (2013), by Sam Bass Warner and Andrew Whittemore Crabgrass Frontier (1987), by Kenneth Jackson American Urban Reader (2010), by Steven H. Corey and Lisa Krissoff Boehm (Companion website:

Independence Hall in American Memory, Paperback Edition

Independence Hall in American MemoryPaperback Edition, December 2013ISBN 978-0-8122-2282-1 New companion website with teaching guides, documents, and more: University of Pennsylvania Press Amazon Table of Contents

Fall Semester 2013 – Updated book lists

This fall I will be teaching Perspectives on History (50:509:299) for history majors and Issues in Public History (56:512:531).  Graduate students, please watch your Rutgers email for an assignment for the first class. Read on for book lists, updated September 1, 2013: