I teach courses in twentieth century U.S. history that focus on the Chicano/Latino experience, labor and working class history, immigration and borderlands history, and the American West and U.S.-Mexico border region. The classes I currently teach at Stony Brook University are:
Undergraduate: The History of Latinos in the United States
The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
The History of the U.S. Working Class
The History of the U.S. West
Immigration in American History
Latino New York
Graduate: Global Borderlands
Readings in Latino/a History
U.S. History Since 1865
In my classes, I often encourage my students to share their knowledge with the wider world, and have created assignments such as the Early Latino New York Tumblr page, a History of the U.S. Working Class blog, and published graduate students’ book reviews on the Borderlands History Blog.
I have been recognized for my past undergraduate teaching with a Faculty Award for Excellence from the Center for Inclusive Education (CIE) at Stony Brook University and a Centennial Teaching Award from Stanford University. I was also honored to have been acknowledged for my writing and teaching by Texas Rep. Filemon Vela in front of Congress.
The real rewards come, however, when I receive emails from students about their experiences in my classes:
"It is very refreshing to see somebody care as much as you do, and I think that was a great reason for my success in your class…it was your passion and excitement for the lectures and topic as a whole that helped me to be engaged more easily and retain the information throughout the semester."
"Hey Professor, I don't usually do this but I just wanted to say…this course awakened some interest in history I previously didn't know existed. Whether that's due to your style of teaching or just the material covered, or an amalgamation of both, I'd like very much to take more history courses next year!"
"You have opened my mind up to a new side of history that I never learned before…I can say with pride that I took what I learned from this class and not only applied it to outside the classroom, but also educated others in my family…as a transfer student, you were a wonderful professor to have my first semester here."
I am also very dedicated to the issue of graduate student professionalization. In addition to contributing advice columns about dissertation-writing and the academic job market to the website Inside Higher Ed, I have given seminars and workshops on the same topics to graduate students. I am happy to receive invitations to lead workshops about such topics as “Teaching Diverse Student Populations,” “Advice for the Academic Job Market,” “Writing and Finishing the Dissertation,” and “Turning the Dissertation Into a Book.” If your department or institution would like to host such an event, contact me!