College Teaching

I have more than ten years' experience as an adjunct at Brooklyn College, Lehman College, and Baruch College, respectively. I have taught both halves of the U.S. History survey, as well as the following electives:
 

  • City and Suburb in 20th Century America

  • The Sixties

  • America in the 1980s

  • America in the 2000s

  • History of the People of New York City

My classes emphasize discussion, scaffolded research projects and presentations, and extensive use of short primary sources. As of Spring 2022 I have taught more than 1200 CUNY students. 

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Fall '20 student responses to "What do you think of when you think of America?"

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Spring '20 America in the 2000s Word Cloud
Spring '20 America in the 2000s Word Cloud

First day exercise: student responses to "What do you think of when you think of the 2000s?"

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Fall '18 NYC Word cloud

Lehman College students' responses to first day exercise: "What do you think of when you think of New York?"

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Fall '20 student responses to "What do you think of when you think of America?"

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Writing About Teaching

Teach@CUNY Handbook 4th Edition, August 2021

  • I contributed to and coordinated the creation of the 4th edition of the Teaching and Learning Center's Teach@CUNY Handbook, which contains extensive guidance on planning a class, engagement techniques, and teaching in a way that is responsive to the needs of students at a diverse public university.

Museum Education

From 2013-2018 I worked as a Museum Educator and Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York. Over the course of my time at the museum I gave 539 tours to more than 10,000 visitors ranging from senior citizens to college classes to K-12 students. I developed lesson plans, wrote and gave walking tours, cowrote gallery tour scripts, and researched people interactives for Samuel LeFrak, Robert Moses, and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (all currently on display in New York at Its Core). I also gave lectures and did teacher trainings on the Civil Rights Movement in New York, Women's History, LGBT History in the City, Environmental Activism in New York, and Jacob Riis. From 2015-2016 I also gave biweekly singalong tours of the museum's exhibition Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival

Museum Education Lesson Plans

Below are examples of lesson plans I developed or contributed to while at the Museum of the City of New York.

Beyond Suffrage, 2017-2018

Beyond Suffrage was an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York marking the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in New York State. In collaboration with Hannah Diamond and under the supervision of Joanna Steinberg, I codeveloped these five lesson plans that expand upon themes and artifacts that were on view in the gallery. 

Jacob Riis: Revealing New York's Other Half, 2015-2016

Under the supervision of Joanna Steinberg, I researched and crafted this educator guide, consisting of four themed lesson plans connected to the Jacob Riis exhibition, supplemented with a contextual introduction and resources for further reading.

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