I grew up in a small town that had fewer inhabitants than the university I ended up attending so I know what it is like to struggle with those first years of college. I try to use this background to help first-generation college students adjust to the demands of obtaining a bachelor’s degree. I was drawn to history because it helped me answer questions about who I was and where various forms of culture and society around me came from. I particularly like cultural history because it helps me understand the thinking behind why people vote or behave in a certain way. I teach U.S. western, political, and social history and have a passion for getting students involved in projects to document the oral history of our community.
My Ph.D. is from University of Southern California.