Dept. Head, History, Political Science & Ethnic Studies
I teach American History here at LBCC and currently serve as Department Head for the History, Political Science & Ethnic Studies Department. I was trained in graduate school with a focus on the Colonial and Early National eras, and also have interests in economic history and Native American history. In my classes, we learn how to “think like a historian” by assessing the past from a wide range of perspectives. In my classes, you will be introduced to lots of fascinating stories and people that illuminate the diversity of the American past.
A little about me: I grew up in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, and after college, spent several years as a historical researcher, working for a non-profit Native American law center in Washington, DC. I moved to Southern California to attend graduate school at UCLA, where I received my Ph.D. in History, and I’ve never left! I first taught at LBCC as an adjunct instructor in 1996, and I’ve been a full-time instructor here since 1998. I’m married and have one son who’s a middle school teacher in Brooklyn, NY. I love singing and I’m a member of a community choir in Los Angeles, called the Angel City Chorale. Several years ago, my choir advanced to the semifinals of America’s Got Talent!