Associate Professor of History
Office location: Neville Hall 100
Office phone: 864-833-8363
Office email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research field: Modern China
Teaching fields: China, India, Middle East, Revolutions
I joined PC’s History department in the fall of 2002, directly after finishing my Ph.D. work at Florida State University. What led me to PC was the desire to teach in a small liberal arts college much like my undergraduate alma mater, Wingate University. At PC, I teach a number of classes on Chinese History (my major field), and I also regularly offer courses in my minor areas of concentration, India and the Middle East. Beginning with a Fulbright fellowship to the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu (the former New Hebrides), a great deal of my research over the years has centered upon the Western colonial experience in various areas of the world. At PC, I’ve made this general interest a primary theme in a number of my specialty classes, such as Asia and the Western Impact, Violence and Terror in the Modern World, Millenarian Movements, and Violence and Revolution in the French Empire. My favorite part of teaching at PC is the opportunity to lead students on trips abroad. Over the past few years, I’ve joined my colleagues in leading student groups to China, Oxford, Vietnam, Istanbul, Ireland, Jerusalem, Cairo, Barbados, Portugal and New Zealand. I also spent the summer of 2011 teaching on the Semester-at-Sea program’s Mediterranean voyage.
While I’m a native of North Dakota, I spent a good portion of my youth in the panhandle of Florida. At Wingate, I met my lovely wife, Suzette, and since coming to PC we’ve been blessed with two adorable boys, Dakota (11) and Skye (9). As a family, we love traveling to out of the way places, and you’ll also see us in regular attendance at Blue Hose sporting events!
I’ll be on sabbatical during the fall semester of 2015, doing research in the French colonial archives on the colonial period in Vanuatu (Les Nouvelle Hebrides) as well as the French influence in China during the late-19th century. I’ll be back in the spring of 2016, teaching Violence and Revolution in the French Empire and History of the Modern Middle East and North Africa. I’ll also be leading a Maymester to bonnie ol’ Scotland next year! So get out your bagpipes and stay tuned for more information!