Assistant Professor, History & Political Science
I teach American history here at LBCC and was trained in graduate school as an urban historian (someone who focuses on the historical growth and development of cities). In my classes, instead of focusing just on “great men” (presidents, generals, business executives, etc.), we spend much of our time looking at workers, women, immigrants, people of color, soldiers in the trenches, and non-conformists. In learning about the key roles of these Americans, we not only gain a broader and deeper knowledge of the American past, but also an appreciation of the power of regular people to change the course of history.
A little about me: I grew up in Southern California, and left after high school to complete my B.S. at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. After that, I finished my M.A. in history at U.C. San Diego while on active duty in the Navy. I went on to receive my M.A. in Urban Education Policy and Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University in Rhode Island. Before landing in Long Beach, I worked briefly as a researcher for a labor union and later taught urban history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. I spend most of my free time surfing (or thinking about surfing).