Teaching

CURRENT COURSES

Fall 2017
Spring 2018

UPCOMING COURSES

PAST COURSES

RESOURCES

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CURRENT COURSES

Fall 2017

On leave.

Spring 2018

HIS 329U Perspectives on Science and Math (Wr).

Perspectives on Science and Math explores the intellectual, social, and cultural history of science and mathematics, focusing on the 17th century to the present. This is an upper-division history course designed for students in UTeach Natural Sciences. It has four interlocking goals: to give students an overview of the history of science and math in order to broaden their understanding of subjects they will teach in the future; to enable them to put this broader history and context to work in science and math pedagogy; to improve their ability to research, analyze, and evaluate information; and to improve their writing and communication skills.

This is a Writing Flag course. It is designed to give students experience writing within an academic discipline. Students can expect to write regularly during the semester, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback to help them revise their writing. Students will also have the opportunity to read and discuss peers’ work.

(Sample Syllabus)

(Perspectives on Science and Math Links & Sources)

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UPCOMING COURSES

2018

Caribbean History at the Crossroads: Nature, Knowledge, and Nation (Graduate historiography seminar)

The Caribbean is a heterogeneous region, fragmented by language, race, culture, political status, and, physically, by shorelines. Rather than staking out firm boundaries, however, Caribbean historians have increasingly shown how productive thinking across borders can be. The diversity of the Caribbean is united by a shared history of colonization and plantation slavery––a history marked by human migrations, cultural exchange, and flows of commodities and capital. New historiographies of environment and science also emphasize the circulation of knowledge and material flows across national boundaries. This graduate seminar finds common ground among these approaches, centering on the Caribbean and providing an introduction to new trends in the fields of environmental history and the history of science. This course will thus approach the Caribbean as a region at the at the crossroads both of world history and multiple historiographies.

HIS 322G History of the Modern Life Sciences.

The History of the Modern Life Sciences traces the study of living things from the seventeenth century to the present. We will examine how naturalists and biologists have searched for order in nature––from cabinets of curiosity to maps of biodiversity, and from the theory of cells to the structure of DNA. In this course, students will examine the development of changing practices and approaches to investigating life in the field, the museum, and the laboratory. Students will confront critical problems in the history of biology and society, including those related to exploration and empire; race, gender, and classification; theories of evolution; genetics and eugenics; ecology and conservation; molecular biology; and biotechnology. How has the meaning of “life” changed through history? How have ideas about social order and natural order mirrored or shaped each other? To explore these questions, we will analyze historians’ interpretations, historical actors’ own accounts of their work and ideas, as well as historical images and objects of scientific practice.

This course may be used to satisfy Natural Science requirements.

This course also carries the Global Cultures Flag. Global Cultures courses are designed to increase your familiarity with cultural groups outside the United States. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one non-U.S. cultural group, past or present.

(Sample Syllabus)

HIS 350L Global Environmental History (Wr).

Global Environmental History explores how human societies and natural environments have shaped each other in world history. In order to tackle this formidable subject, the course is divided into three thematic units. We will begin by critically examining “bird’s eye views” of deep human and natural history, discussing historiographic controversies over the role of humans in the ancient extinctions; the origins of agriculture; and relationships among climate, society, and disease. Next, we delve into a series of comparative histories of societies’ ways of knowing and making a living in nature. These will examine cultural and economic encounters from the Columbian Exchange through 19th-century colonialism. Finally, we turn to the 20th century in order to trace the transnational flows of global capitalism––commodities, human migrations, pollution, “invasive species,” and environmentalist movements. This course is an upper-division, reading- and writing-intensive seminar. It acts as an introduction to the growing field of environmental history, as well as to a variety of approaches to understanding history at a scale beyond the nation-state.

This is a Writing Flag course. It is designed to give students experience writing within an academic discipline. Students can expect to write regularly during the semester, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback to help them revise their writing. Students will also have the opportunity to read and discuss peers’ work.

This course also carries the Global Cultures Flag. Global Cultures courses are designed to increase your familiarity with cultural groups outside the United States. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one non-U.S. cultural group, past or present.

(Sample Syllabus)

Website developed by Spring 2017 class: http://globalenvironmentalhistory.weebly.com/ 

PAST COURSES

List of courses taught at UT Austin.

HIST 275 American Environmental History (St. Olaf College), 2012-2013 Semester 2 (Syllabus).

Class-developed website: Exit 69: Environmental Histories of Northfield, Minnesota
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RESOURCES
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Primary source collections, online exhibits, etc.

Environment & Society Portal

Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day: The Making of the Modern Environmental Movement

Nature Transformed: The Environment in American History

Environmental History Timeline

The Story of Stuff

The Center for Land Use Interpretation

Geoguesser

Form and Landscape

American Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936

Wikipaintings.org

Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Online Catalogue

National Archives: Docs Teach

The U.S. National Archives’ photostream

WGBH Open Vault

U.S. National Library of Medicine Digital Collections (including films)

History of Science in Latin America and the Caribbean: A digital archive of primary sources, web links, and references for students and professors

Caribbean Views online exhibit

Caribmap: A cartographic history of the West Indies

JSTOR Plant Science

Spatial History Project

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Google Earth Engine

A CHE Primer on Energy

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank

The Lost Museum

Museo Galileo

The Newton Project

Making the Modern World

Darwin Correspondence Project

The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online

The Alfred Russel Wallace Page

Some Biogeographers,Evolutionists, and Ecologists: Chrono-Biographical Sketches

Early Classics in Biogeography, Distribution, and Diversity Studies: To 1950

Biodiversity Heritage Library

Biodiversity Library Exhibitions

Women in Science
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Doing history

How to Read a Book

Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students

Writing a Good History Paper

Bill Cronon’s teaching handouts

“Only Connect”

“Place paper” assignment

Learning to Do Historical Research: A Primer for Environmental Historians and Others

Historical Thinking Matters

History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web

Books on Writing (University of Toronto)
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Podcasts

Exploring Environmental History

Histories of Environmental Change

Nature’s Past: A Podcast of the Network in Canadian History and Environment

Radiolab

How to Think About Science

New Books in Science, Technology, and Society

History for the Future

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