Teaching

Instructor of Record, Harvard University

The History of Hunger [advanced undergraduate seminar], Spring 2016

  • Course Description: Why did a Jamestown colonist butcher and eat his pregnant wife? Why were Gandhi’s hunger strikes so politically effective? Hunger is a physiological need, a historical actor, and a shifting concept across time. This seminar will examine hunger in United States and global history from the early modern era to the present, considering topics including hunger strikes, famine, eating disorders, and the scientific study of hunger. Exploring hunger from a variety of angles, including food history, the environment, policy, empire, gender, and ethics, this course will analyze the impact that hunger has had on history, as well as changing ideas about hunger over time. As we place hunger at the center of historical inquiry, we will wrestle with the unique challenges that face historians who study hunger.

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University

How to Read a Book, Or, Fictions and Histories of Reading [book history seminar] (Professors Jill Lepore and Leah Price), Spring 2015

  • Nominated for Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates

American Encounters: Art, Contact, and Conflict, 1560-1860 (Professor Jennifer Roberts), Spring 2014

Tangible Things: Harvard’s Collections in World History (Professors Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Sarah Carter), Fall 2013