M.A. - Texas State University
B.A. - Texas State University
I hold my M.A. in History (2007), and have taught since 2008. I am also currently pursuing my PhD in history, at the University of Texas at Austin. My master’s thesis, “Swinging West: How Hollywood Put the ‘Western’ in Texas Swing” showcases my scholarly interests in cultural history – particularly the music of folk cultures. In addition, I have done research in, and teach a course about the music social movements.
One of the projects I am most proud of is the series of documentary films in music history that I created with a grant from Humanities Texas. They can be seen here:
In addition to my scholarly work and teaching, I worked for the Center for Texas Music History for eight years. During my time with the CTMH, I received funding to direct numerous creative programs of my conception, in addition to providing assistance with the Journal of Texas Music History, and other initiatives.
One of my specializations is in online teaching. I went through a two week workshop at Texas State in online course development and instructional design, and subsequently earned a certification in online teaching by taking the year-long course offered by the Sloan Consortium/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. I find that online courses offer a different dynamic, and are a unique and rewarding way to learn and to teach.
In the classroom, I am an energetic and passionate lecturer, but I also incorporate different active learning techniques to better engage students. My PowerPoint presentations include interactive exercises, critical thinking questions, image and song analysis, videos, and other instructional aids. Discussion is encouraged, and the classes are lively, active, and interesting.
HIST 1310: HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 1877
A general survey of the history of the United States form its settlement to the end of Reconstruction.
HIST 1320: HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1877 TO DATE
A general survey of the history of the United States form Reconstruction to present.
HIST 3368M: POPULAR MUSIC AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN 20TH CENTURY AMERICA
The examination of music as both a reflection of historical trends and a tool of social change will illuminate the relationship between music, culture, politics, and protest movements in 20th-century American history.
HIST 3368T: THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK - AMERICA'S HISTORY IN SONG
This course examines the music of America from the colonial era to the 1960s. By exploring songs as primary source documents, students will analyze lyrical themes that illuminate historical trends from diverse perspectives. Beginning with British America, the course traces musical contributions of many demographic groups that comprise American society.
HIST 3377: HISTORY OF COUNTRY MUSIC
This course examines the evolution of country music and how it reflects larger social, cultural, historical, economic, political, ethnic, and demographic changes taking place within American society.
HIST 4376: TEXAS MUSIC HISTORY
Examination of the evolution of music in Texas and the American Southwest, emphasizing how music reflects the richly diverse ethnic and cultural heritage of the region. It also considers the importance of ethnic identity and other social, political, and economic factors in shaping the Southwest, its people, and its music.