As an instructor, I encourage my students to explore difficult questions about race, gender, poverty, and disability by identifying voices missing from prevailing historical narratives about East Asia. What social, political, and economic processes have led to the silencing of some people over time? How are my students embedded in those processes and what can they do to own their involvement? By creating an environment in which my students unpack these questions and embrace their roles in making and knowing history, I help them learn that researching a region is not simply studying an area of the world. It is an opportunity to read critically, write analytically, interrogate boundaries, practice collaboration, craft civil and authoritative personas, and cultivate other exportable skills.
For information about my teaching, see my Teaching Philosophy.