I facilitate a strong relationship between my research and my teaching. In addition, as the Public History program coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa, I work to bring opportunities for research and historical interpretation to my students as applied projects in their classes. Currently, I instruct the following courses:
- Introduction to Public History
- Introduction to Museum Studies
- Internships in Historical Studies
- Digital History
- Oral History
- History/Regional Geography of the American West
- American Indian History
Students, under my supervision, have generated several products for clients such as Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area and UNI Museum. In addition, they have produced several online exhibitions, including Interpreting Iowa. In celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016, they produced My National Parks: Connecting Visitors to the Nation’s Backyard, an online exhibition developed in conjunction with the Geographic Alliance of Iowa. And, as part of their work to understand the history of indigenous peoples in the United States, they blogged about current events in Indian Country.
I also oversee a number of student research projects. Below is a list of current students whose projects I direct.
Adam Christians, Thesis “The Bonneville Expedition of 1832,” Graduating August 2017, MA History 2017
Ashley Loper, Thesis “Iowan Schoolmarms: The Significance of Rural Schools and the Iowa Feminization Movement, 1865-1920,” Graduating May 2017, MA History
Sarah Kleinhesselink, Thesis “Hartman Reserve Nature Center as Cultural Landscape,” Graduating May 2017, MA History
Anna Hollingsworth, Thesis “Captain America, Superhero Comics, and the Campaign for Intervention in World War II,” Graduating May 2017, MA History