Teaching

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Courses

Louisiana Tech University

World History since 1500

  • 180 students. Survey of World History structured around revolutions, empires, and decolonization.

19th Century Europe

  • Upper-division course. Study of the long nineteenth-century with a particular emphasis on empire, gender, and industry.

20th Century Europe

  • Upper-division course. Focus on empire, decolonization, and culture.

Hitler’s Germany and the European Crisis, 1914 – 1949

  • Upper-division course. Europe-wide survey of the interwar period, the Second World War, and the aftermath. Several classes dedicated to the rise and fall of fascism in Germany.

Playing the Past: History in Games

  • Upper-division seminar. Students study history in video games from the Oregon Trail to Assassin’s Creed. Course culminates in a final project in which students use primary research to create their own historical video game using Twine or GameMaker. You can read more about this course here.

History of Information Warfare (cross listed for Cyber Engineering, Liberal Arts, and History)

  • Upper-division course. Considers the history of information as it relates to security and warfare in the past. Studies the chronology of the modern security state (1500 to the present) as well as several individual topics, such as cryptography, cryptanalysis, HUMINT, SIGINT, and criminal databases.

Cyber Futures and Cyber Security (cross listed for Cyber Engineering and Liberal Arts)

  • Upper-division, capstone course. Required course to graduate Louisiana Tech’s Cyber Engineering program. Humanities course designed for STEM majors to develop presentation and writing skills. Course considers present and emerging topics in cyberspace, including hacktivism, the dark web, WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden, cyber warfare, the 2016 election, individual rights online, domestic abuse online, the sharing economy, content moderation, and “the internet of things.”

Tarrant County College

United States History to 1876

  • 40 student survey of American history to 1876.

United States History since 1876

  • 40 student survey of American history from 1876.

University of Texas at Austin, Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program

Modern European History, the Holocaust, and Historiography

  • Upper-division seminar focused on exploring historiography through literature on Modern Europe and the Holocaust.

Cyber Camp

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Since 2015 I have served as a curriculum developer and instructor at the Cyber Discovery Camp and the AICS Camp (Analysis & Investigation through Cyber-Based Scenarios). These camps are run through a partnership between Louisiana Tech University and the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center. The goal of Cyber Discovery Camp is to introduce high school students to various cyber-related topics (identity online, information security, etc.) through instruction from college professors in the sciences, engineering, and the humanities. The goal of the AICS Camp is to continue that work with a document based game in which students apply knowledge from Cyber Discovery and AICS to solve fictitious cyber-related crises.

I have developed curriculum modules, lectures, and scenarios for both Cyber Discovery and AICS. My lecture module for Cyber Discovery has students study the trustworthiness of information and emotions online by considering the history of the Spanish Prisoner Scheme. My module for AICS surveys the long history of intelligence organizations with a special emphasis on the work of Alan Turing and others at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.  The goal of the AICS module is to encourage students to see how their AICS scenarios can be successfully solved by applying the same group skills and techniques used by Bletchley Park cryptanalysts.

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