ABD – University of Texas at Austin
M.A. - Texas State University
B.A. - Texas State University
I have been teaching at Texas State since 2008, both online and in traditional classroom settings. My courses are student-centered, and my goal in every class I teach is student success.
In the classroom, I am an energetic and passionate lecturer, but I also incorporate different active learning techniques such as critical thinking questions, image and song analysis, videos, and other instructional aids. Discussion is encouraged, and the classes are lively, active, and interesting.
My online classes are just as dynamic, albeit in different ways. My training and certification in online teaching and course design enable me to create courses that are easy to follow, rigorous, and even fun. Readings are complemented with elements of digital history, including music, interactive websites, quizzes, videos, podcasts, and others. Students have a great degree of flexibility, with plenty of opportunities to interact – online – with me, and with the other students. I often find that I get to know my online students better than students who sit in a large lecture hall.
I hold my M.A. in History, and am currently a doctoral candidate at UT Austin – in history, with a museum studies portfolio. My scholarly work and interests are centered in cultural history – particularly the music of folk cultures. My current project involved the Puerto Rican independence movement in the Popular Front era of social activism - civil rights, global anticolonialism, and radical pacifism.
My museum studies emphasis led to a fun project with the Bob Bullock museum. I created a series of podcasts to accompany their exhibit of Austin music posters from the late 1960s and 1970s, called When Austin Got Weird. Although the exhibit ended, the podcasts remain available online. Another 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.
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
America’s Musical History is a dynamic, exciting look at the complexity of America’s culture and history viewed through the expression of music and song.
HIST 3377: History of Country Music
This course examines the evolution of country music, with an emphasis on its inherent diversity and the development of a wide range of subgenres that both influenced and reflect society and culture.
HIST 4376: Texas Music History
The music of Texas and the American Southwest is a particular engaging way to examine regional cultural history.