Teaching & Professional Development

 Awards | GrantsScholarship | Presentations | Courses | Resources


| Teaching Awards


Distance Education Award, George Mason University, 2015
For ‘HIST 680 Introduction to Digital Humanities,’ a custom-built fully online course for the Graduate Certificate in Public Digital Humanities (with Kelly Schrum, Jennifer Rosenfeld, James McCartney, Chris Preperato, Joo-Ah Lee, and Caroline Kelley)

Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching (Design & Practice) Award, 2008

Carrick Australian Award for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2006 
For the creation of innovative units of study & resources that engage students in research and develop critical thinking and analytical skills

| Teaching Grants

Institute for Museum and Library Services, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
, 2017-2020 (with Sharon Leon and Sheila Brennan)

American Society for Legal History Projects and Proposals Grant, 2015

  • For a day-long pre-conference workshop on digital legal history (October 27, 2016)

National Endowment for the Humanities, Landmarks of American History & Culture: Workshop for School Teachers Grant, 2015-2016

  • Graffiti Houses: The Civil War from the Perspective of Individual Soldiers


| Scholarship in Teaching

“What was it like to live in 1920s Harlem? Using Digital Harlem to contextualize the Harlem Renaissance,” in Teaching the Harlem Renaissance, ed. Venetria Patton (MLA Press, forthcoming)

“Teaching Digital Humanities Online: George Mason University’s Graduate Certificate in Digital Public Humanities,” in Digital Futures of Graduate Study in the Humanities, eds Anouk Lang, Gabriel Hankins and Simon Appleford (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming 2024).

Childhood and Youth“Teaching Module: Age of Consent Laws,” Childhood and Youth in History (Center for History and New Media, George Mason University)


“What’s Wrong with Online Readings? Text, Hypertext, and the History Web,” The History Teacher 39, 4 (August 2006): 441-54.



Unknown“Teaching Students to Read Online Sources,” Australasian Journal of American Studies 24, 1 (July 2005): 112-124.



Unknown“Doing History in Hypertext,” Journal of the Association for History and Computing 7, 2 (August 2004) [The  projects discussed in this article can be accessed through the Internet Archive]


| Selected Papers & Presentations

“Teaching Digital Humanities Online: George Mason University’s Graduate Certificate in Digital Public Humanities,” The Digital Futures of Graduate Study in the Humanities Roundtable, Modern Languages Association Convention, Chicago, January 3, 2019

“Mapping Legal History with Carto,” [workshop], American Society for Legal History Preconference Workshop in Digital Legal History, Toronto, October 27, 2016.

“An Introduction to Omeka for research and teaching,” [workshop] McMaster University, October 26, 2016

A Standards Based Major: Refocusing the History Major,” presented at the Sydney Teaching Colloquium, 3 October 2012

Refocusing the History Major at the University of Sydney,” presented at the 2nd After Standards Workshop, University of Adelaide, July 8, 2012

“Global Collaborations in American Studies: Learning From Practitioners – the University of Sydney & UNC, Chapel Hill,” presented at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, October 20, 2011

“American Studies with Americans: The Sydney experience of the UNC/Sydney collaborative module on Disneyland,” University of Sydney/University of North Carolina American Studies Symposium, July 11, 2011

“Lectures,” Faculty of Arts Teaching Award Presentation, May 29, 2009

“Tutors and Marking,” Faculty of Arts Assessment Workshop, University of Sydney, November 3, 2008

“Plenary Session: The American History for Australasian Schools Website,” Australian and New Zealand American Studies Conference, Launceston, July 11, 2006

“Weaving a History Web,” presented at the symposiumAmerican Studies with an Australian Accent: Towards an Australian Website for Secondary Teachers and Students,’ Australian National University, Canberra, July 15, 2005

| Current Teaching

>Teaching @ University of Sydney

  • HSTY1076 American History from Lincoln to Clinton
  • HSTY2044 Childhood & Youth in Modern America
  • HSTY2670 New York, New York
  • HSTY2671 Law & Order in Modern America
  • HSTY4011 Digital History
  • AMST2601 American Foundations
  • USSC6914 Key Issues in American Culture

>Digital History Course Projects


  • Michael Thompson, “For God and Globe: Christian Internationalism in the United States, 1919-1945” (PhD, 2011)
  • Conor Hannan, “”Out of the studio and into the street:” Art and artists for social change, New York City, 1966-1976″ (PhD, 2013)
  • Matthew Oram, “The Trials of Psychedelic Medicine: LSD Psychotherapy, Clinical Science, and Pharmaceutical Regulation in the United States, 1949-1976” (PhD, 2014)
  • Anna Lebovic, “America in Vogue: Refashioning National and Transnational Culture, 1945-1980” (PhD, 2014)

>Dissertation Committee

  • Lindsey Besterbreurtje, “Built By the People Themselves: African American Community Development in Arlington, Virginia from Civil War through Civil Rights” (PhD, 2017)
  • Erin Bush, “Under the Guise of Protection: Sex, Race, and Eugenics in Virginia’s Reformatories for Wayward Girls, 1910-1942” (PhD, 2019)
  • Eric Gonzaba, “Because the Night: Nightlife and Remaking the Gay Male World, 1970-2000” (PhD, 2019)
  • Celeste Tuong Vy Sharpe, “They Need You! Disability, Visual Culture, and the Poster Child, 1945-1980” (PhD, 2016)


| Resources