I joined the UTM department of history and philosophy in August 2008.? My main area of specialization is the history of U.S. foreign affairs, but I also teach courses on the history of the Middle East and world history surveys.? My research examines how U.S. colleges and universities contributed to the development of Turkey and Iran during the 1950s and 1960s.? I am also interested in U.S.-Middle East relations more broadly defined.
Research has taken me to the National Archives, several presidential libraries, university archives, and a number of research libraries overseas.? In recent years I have presented papers at the annual conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and the Ohio Valley History Conference.
International travel has been an important part of my career since I studied at the College of St. Mark and St. John in Plymouth, England as an undergraduate.? I studied Turkish at Bosporus University in Istanbul, Turkey during the summer of 2005.? In May 2011 I co-led (with Dr. Nathan Howard) a UTM travel study to Turkey and Greece.?
Development of World Civilizations (HIST 121 and 122)
Middle East, 500-1800 (HIST 323)
Modern Middle East (HIST 324)
U.S. Foreign Relations to 1920 (HIST 482)
U.S. Foreign Relations since 1920 (HIST 483)
Senior Research and Writing Seminar (HIST 499)
Co-editor, Teaching America to the World and the World to America: Education and Foreign Relations since 1870 (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming August 2012)
“American University Advisors and Education Modernization in Iran, 1951-1967,” chapter in Teaching America to the World and the World to America