I think it’s fairly safe to say that nearly every college instructor wants their students to learn. In fact, I know more than a few of my colleagues who design their courses around this very idea. Toward that end, group work appears enticing, a peer-to-peer tool gleaming in our “teacher toolbox” with the promise of lessons learned. Right? (more…)

It’s true, for years I have extolled the virtues of Wikipedia before my students. As a research tool, “wiki” offers numerous pointing mechanisms that sometimes, at the click of a button, will take a researcher to a (more…)

History News Network published my observation on Brexit and what it means to the EU. you can find it here using this link:

Should We Really Have Been Shocked by the Brexit Vote? The fact is, Europe’s changed since the 2008 Financial Crisis.


My love of teaching armed with little more than primary materials continues to grow. In searching for documents explaining the demise of the Ottoman Empire, fin de siècle, I stumbled upon the Gertrude Bell Archive, hosted by Newcastle University, United Kingdom.

It’s not pretty, as far as website appearances go. But (more…)

Hi there, welcome to Joe Historian. I’m Joe, and I’m a historian…

Welcome to episode 2 of “Society and the Civil War” – podcasts created by my freshmen students enrolled, learning, crafting, and thinking about Early America.

This week’s episode focuses on something most people don’t think about when they hear the phrase “America’s Civil War” and that would be (more…)

Hello. Allow me to introduce to you a new podcast series I am working on, “Society and the Civil War.” The writers, researchers, producers, and stars of these shows are none other than my students.

Over the next couple of months I will post a few episodes – a reflection of their work, yes. But also something that promises to be (more…)

The mailman delivered my degree, today. Hmn. Not as fancy as I thought it’d be. And it’s been a long wait: “Straight Pass” in June (2015), conferment in September, graduation in February, and now, (more…)


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