Teaching

Undergraduate Courses

The Making of Canada (History 1300)

An introductory survey course that introduces students to the broad sweep of Canadian history from earliest times to the present.

1885 and After: Aboriginal Peoples and the Prairie West (FYSM 1405)

A year-long seminar dedicated to exploring the transformative events of 1885 in the Prairie West and to introducing first-year students to the tools and techniques that historians use to assess the past.

The Historian’s Craft (History 2809)

A hands-on introduction to the ways that historians investigate, assess, and represent the past.

Indigenous Peoples of Canada (History 3510)

A survey of the histories of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the key themes, issues, and interpretive problems in Indigenous history.

The U.S. West & Its Borderlands (History 3904)

A survey of the nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. West and its borderlands.

Indigenous Peoples, Empires & Nation-States (History 4306)

A capstone research seminar that considered the central role Indigenous peoples played in the imperial struggles for North America.

Truth, Reconciliation & Redress: Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission in Historical Perspective (History 4915)

A summer course that will coincide with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s national closing event in Ottawa in June 2015.

Sample Pedagogical Activity

Students and faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a two-week field course, “The Santa Fe Trail: In Search of the Multiracial West,” in June 2004. My colleague Tyina Steptoe and I initiated and planned the course, which was co-taught by Susan Johnson, Camille Guérin-Gonzales, and Ned Blackhawk. It was organized around a 4,594-mile road trip from Madison, Wisconsin to the Southwest and back that brought students directly to the sites of history and allowed them to meet individuals involved in struggles for civil rights and the preservation of historical memory.

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Graduate Courses

Canadian Historiography II: Nationalism & Transnationalism in the Writing of Canadian History (History 5806)

A seminar that explores national histories in their varied guises, as well as some of the frameworks that historians have employed in order to expand historical inquiries beyond national boundaries.

Graduate Student Supervisions

Jesse Robertson, “History at the Treaty Table: Negotiating Heritage and Historical Redress in the British Columbia Treaty Process.” Master’s Research Essay, 2015.

Joanne DeCosse, “Visual Narratives of Métis History in the Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park Heritage Wall.” Master’s Research Essay, 2015. (Co-supervised with David Dean)

Oliver Anderson, “This Belt Preserves my Words”: Contesting the Colonial Archive of a 1655-58 Franco-Haudenosaunee Encounter.” Master’s Research Essay, 2015.

Lauren Markewicz, “Historical Views of Western Canadian Aboriginal Peoples through the Lens of “Indian” Postcards, 1897-1930.” Master’s Research Essay, 2014. (Co-supervised with James Opp)

Sara dos Santos, “In a Way, our Battle is Won”: Anti-Colonial Narrative, Aboriginal Documentary Film and the ‘Oka Crisis.’” Master’s Research Essay, 2013. (Co-supervised with David Dean)

Christina Williamson, “Objectified: The Biography of an Inuit Parka from the Canadian Museum of Civilization.” Master’s Research Essay, 2012. (Co-supervised with David Dean)

Emily MacDonald, “The National Aboriginal Veterans Monument: An Historical Analysis.” Master’s Research Essay, 2012. (Co-supervised with David Dean)

Victoria Miller, “Representing Trauma:  Exhibiting the Experience of Residential Schools.” Master’s Research Essay, 2011. (Co-supervised with David Dean)