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Current Courses

Summer 2013 (tentative)


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Modern US History: Diplomatic, Social Protest, Nuclear Weapons/Arms Control

Ph.D. Candidate
B.A., Political Science, UC San Diego; M.A., History (distinction), CSU-Northridge

Office: HSSB 3215

Advisor: Nelson Lichtenstein

“[I]n a world where children are still not safe from starvation or bombs, should not the historian thrust himself and his writing into history, on behalf of goals in which he deeply believes? Are we historians not humans first, and scholars because of that?” –Howard Zinn, The Politics of History (more...)

Dissertation Title

  • The Challenge of Peace: The Reagan Administration. the Nuclear Freeze Campaign, and the Dream of Nuclear Abolition

Teaching Fields

  • U.S. History
    Colonial - present (including but not limited to): revolution, the constitution, gilded age, progressive era, Cold War, civil rights, social movements, labor, radicalism
  • U.S. Foreign Relations/Diplomatic History
    Revolution - Present; U.S. Aggression in Latin America since 1898; U.S. and the Middle East; Global Cold War
  • American Political Thought and Philosophy
    Revolution to Civil War; Civil War to Civil Rights; Political Ideologies; American Government, Law, and the Constitution; Modern Political Philosophy
  • History of Science
    Scientists as activists; history of nuclear weapons; science and the Cold War; history of technology
  • Modern World History
    1914 - present

Courses Taught

  • HIST 191C: The Cold War, 1945-1991 Summer Session B 2013

Teaching Assistantships

  • Film and Media Studies 101B: History of Cinema: Advent of Sound
    UCSB, Chuck Wolfe, Winter 2010
  • History 4C Western Civilization (1715 CE to Present)
    UCSB, Toshi Hasegawa, Spring 2013
  • History 17A: The American People (Colonial through Jacksonian Era)
    UCSB, Patricia Cohen, Fall 2010, Fall 2012; Elena Olivera, Fall 2011
  • History 17B: The American People (Sectional Crisis through Progressivism)
    UCSB, Carol Feinberg, Summer 2011
  • History 17C: The American People (World War I to the Present)
    UCSB, Laura Kalman, Winter 2009; Carol Feinberg, Summer 2010
  • History 110: World History to 1500
    CSU-Northridge, Bob Tomlinson, Fall 2007
  • History 345: War and Film
    CSU-Northridge, Bob Tomlinson, Spring 2007


  • “Preserving Disorder: The Chicago Demonstrations of 1968.”
    Journal of Illinois History, Winter 2010


  • John Coleman Award
    UCSB, 2011. Best paper in Cold War History, "Three Megatons of Peace: The Revolutionary MX Missile and the Meaning of Survival in the Atomic Age"
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Graduate Collaborative Research Grant
    For organizing the Ninth Annual UCSB-GWU-LSE Cold War History Conference
  • History Associates Fellowship,
    UCSB, 2010
  • William E. Nida Scholarship
    UCSB, Fall 2008
  • Best Graduate Paper runner-up, “Rebel With A Cause: The Life and Times of Howard Zinn”
    2007 Phi Alpha Theta Southern California Regional Conference

Papers Presented

  • “Tear Gas, Mace, Batons, Yippies, and a Pig for President: The Chicago Demonstrations of 1968.”
    Ninth Annual Conference of Illinois History, Springfield, Illinois, October 18, 2007.
  • “An American Abroad: Europe Through the Eyes of Mark Twain.”
    Twelfth Annual Research and Creative Works Symposium, Cal State Northridge, November 30, 2007.
  • "History and Activism: A Historiographical look at the Life and Times of Howard Zinn."
    Historians Against the War/Peace History Conference, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, April 11 - 13, 2008.
  • "Bedtime for the Bomb: Ronald Reagan and the Nuclear Freeze Movement."
    Grand Hyatt Regency, Denver, Colorado, Southwest Social Science Conference, April 17, 2009.
  • "'A Force to Be Reckoned With': The Antinuclear Revolution and the Reagan Administration, 1980 - 1984."
    UCSB-GWU-LSE Cold War Conference, George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, April 22-24, 2010.


  • History 166C: United States in the Twentieth Century (The Long 1960s)
    Laura Kalman, Fall 2009
  • Japan 165: Japanese Popular Culture
    Sabine Fruhstuck, Spring 2010