China, India, Middle East, Revolutions
I joined PC’s History department in the fall of 2002, directly after finishing my PhD 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 & Revolution in the French Empire. My favorite part of teaching at PC is the opportunity to lead students on trips abroad. Over the years, I’ve joined my colleagues in leading student groups to such places as China, Vietnam, Turkey, Ireland, Israel, Egypt, Barbados, Portugal & the Azores, New Zealand, Scotland, the Galapagos, Morocco, Mexico, and, most recently, Fiji in 2022. I also spent the summer of 2011 teaching on the Semester-at-Sea program’s Mediterranean voyage, and have led small groups of recent PC graduates on a two-week New Alumni Adventure to Fiji and Vanuatu in the South Pacific. In addition to my teaching, I currently serve as the director for PC’s new Center for South Korean and East Asian Studies, and have had the opportunity to travel to Korea recently with a number of colleagues and students.
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, who is a teacher at Camperdown Academy in Greenville. We have two incredible boys, Dakota (19) and Skye (17), who are both currently in college. As a family, we love traveling to out of the way places!