● Sculpting an American Self: Fitness Culture in the U.S., Past and Present
○ How did working out go from strange subculture to social imperative? How has the expansion of fitness culture both been a force of inclusion and oppression?
● Transatlantic Feminisms: France and the United States in Historical Perspective
○ How have the rights of women been part of national projects for equality (or not)? How have women in France and the US defined equality for themselves – and women in the Global South – differently?
● Classroom Wars in Comparative Context: France and the US
○ How has public education been core to national identity in France and the US? How have conflicts over identity been worked out differently in these two nations?
● Publishing Life: Critical Theory, History, and Practice (with Jake Stevens, Managing Editor of Verso Books)
○ Is it possible to lead a happy, fulfilled life in a capitalist society? What intersections, if any, exist between the world of critical theory that emphasize structural inequality and that of popular self-help, that worships individual agency?
● Pursuits Of Happiness: American Journeys
○ Why is the “pursuit of happiness” so fundamental to American identity? What does happiness mean to different people at different historical moments?
● History Of US Education
○ Where do our public schools come from? Are schools engines of social mobility or of social control? Have schools become more or less democratic places?
● Senior Research Seminar In Education Studies
○ Does education only happen in schools? How can research in education be a force for
social justice? How do interdisciplinary approaches to education enhance our understanding of American society?
● Senior Research Seminar In History
○ Why does historical interpretation matter? How do we synthesize primary and secondary sources to craft an original historical argument?
● Culture Wars In American Education
○ Why do parents, students, teachers, and policymakers fight so bitterly about school? Is it possible to resolve disagreements about issues like prayer in school, sex education, and saluting the American flag?
● American Youth Cultures, Past And Present
○ How has “youth” been defined differently over time? Where and what do young people learn OUTSIDE of school? How do the tastes and experiences of young people shape culture at large?
● Education at Work (civic engagement course)
○ What does it mean to be affiliated with a university and to do work in an under-resourced community? What is the meaning of “partnership” and how can such partnerships be equitable?
● Body, Mind and School: Wellness and American Education
○ What is “wellness”? How have John Dewey’s ideas about educating the “whole child” been institutionalized and contested in American schools? Does a politics of wellbeing exist?
● Introduction to Education Theory
○ How do the philosophies of diverse thinkers such as John Locke,Thomas Jefferson, John Dewey, and Paulo Freire shape educational institutions today? How do the realities of a diverse society change theory in practice?
● Introduction to Historical Sources and Methods (graduate course)
○ Is historical objectivity possible? How has the historical profession changed over time? How is historical methodology unique?
● Teaching and Learning Seminar: First Year Fellows Program
○ How does one create a productive community of inquiry? What role can more advanced students play in mentoring first-year students?