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Who studies, analyzes, and historicizes U.S. popular culture? Why, people who love pop culture of course! I am an avid popular media consumer, but I am also a historian and a scholar: I believe that studying popular culture is an essential part of understanding the past and understanding our contemporary society. Knowing how to critique popular culture makes all of us more knowledgeable participants in U.S. politics, education, the marketplace, and home life. I’ve published two monographs: Manly Meals and Mom's Home Cooking: Cookbooks and Gender in Modern America (Johns Hopkins University Press) first published in 2003 and released in paperback spring 2012, and Housework and Housewives in Modern American Advertising: Married to the Mop (Pagrave-MacMillan), which is scheduled to be released in paperback in the summer of 2013.
My most important task as a college instructor is to create a classroom environment where students can learn to take their own ideas seriously. I respect students' ability to create knowledge and to effectively bring their own experiences and questions to bear on the study of history. My courses create numerous opportunities for students to build their critical reading and thinking skills, to practice clear and effective writing, and to explore a wide variety of ideas and concepts relating to the study of history and culture. I love my work as a teacher and a scholar, and I hope to impart to all my students, no matter what their future career or professional goals, a sense of how truly rewarding and beneficial academic study and intellectual growth can be.
“How Wonder Woman Helped My Students ‘Join the Conversation:’ Comic Books as Teaching Tools in a History Methodology Course” in Comic Books and American Cultural History, edited by Matthew Mustz (Contiuum Press, 2012).
Housework and Housewives in American Advertising: Married to the Mop (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
"'Shake This Square World and Blast Off for Kicksville: Teaching History with Post-WW Prescriptive Classroom Films," The History Teacher (November 2010).
"Marge Simpson, Blue-Haired Housewife: Defining Domesticity on The Simpsons," The Journal of Popular Culture (August 2010).
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