Addressing (In)Equalities in the American History Classroom

Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Teaching

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Teaching and Pedagogy


This roundtable will address issues of inequality in the American history classroom, discussing how to teach to students from different racial, ethnic, gender, and economic backgrounds. Presenters will explain their teaching setting, including the unique challenges their students face, and will discuss the concrete strategies and methods used in their American history classrooms to reach students from diverse backgrounds. Ultimately, panelists will demonstrate how employing a range of student-centered teaching methods and engaging students through histories of traditionally nonrepresented Americans, their local environment, and interactive technology can make American history accessible to all students.

Session Participants

Chair: Ashley Johnson Bavery, Northwestern University
Ashley Johnson Bavery is an Assistant Professor of History at Eastern Michigan University, where she teaches classes on immigration, labor, social movements, and twentieth-century America. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Urban History, Reviews in American History, and Labour/La Travaille. Her book, Destination Detroit: Immigration Politics on America’s Northern Borderland explores the long history of undocumented immigration, labor, and nativism on America’s northern border and is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Panelist: Erik John Freeman, Choate Rosemary Hall
Erik Freeman is an instructor of history at Choate Rosemary Hall, in Wallingford, Connecticut, where he teaches courses on modern European history, American history, environmental policy, and the American West. He is also currently pursuing a PhD in history at the University of Connecticut. Erik’s recent article in the Journal of Mormon History, “‘True Christianity:’ The Flowering and Fading of Mormonism and Romantic Socialism in Nineteenth-Century France,” won the Best Article Award at the Communal Studies Association’s annual conference in 2018.

Panelist: Nicole Renee Greer Golda, Ferrum College
Nicole Greer Golda is an Assistant Professor of History at Ferrum College in Virginia. She received her PhD in the joint program in History and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. In addition to teaching American history survey classes she also teaches upper division courses in women’s and gender, African American, Latin American, and crime history. Her work utilizes the crucial northern border city of Detroit to explore immigration, family order, and the industrial city in the first half of the twentieth century.

Panelist: Patrick Lapierre, State University of New York at Canton
Patrick LaPierre is a Professor of History at SUNY Canton where he is also Curriculum Coordinator of the Liberal Arts Program. He received his PhD at the University of Rochester. At SUNY Canton he regularly teaches the American history surveys and upper level classes in American intellectual history and the Vietnam War.

Panelist: Seth Offenbach, Bronx Community College, City University of New York
Seth Offenbach is an Assistant Professor of History at Bronx Community College, which is part of the City University of New York. He teaches primarily introductory world and US history survey courses. His research focuses on the modern US conservative movement and his book The Conservative Movement and the Vietnam War is due out in 2019. He has presented about teaching at the American Historical Association Conference and CUNY IT Conference. He also serves as book review and list editor at the H-Diplo list, and serves on H-Net’s Council as the HNet-Staff editor.

Panelist: C. Sade Turnipseed PhD, Mississippi Valley State University
C. Sade Turnipseed is an Assistant Professor of History at Mississippi Valley University and is the State of Mississippi’s Diversity Educator of the Year, for the year 2017. She is also a public historian and community outreach (Public Relations) specialist. Turnipseed is the proud recipient of a 2018 summer research grant, from the Mississippi Valley State University to formally study the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage. Her efforts shall generate the first textbook for university students and accompanying documentary for the film festival circuit that specifically discusses the contributions of the Gullah Geechee community to the world’s economy and culture. Turnipseed is also the long-time host and producer of Delta Renaissance the number one rated (locally generated) talk show, which airs during primetime on the NBC affiliate network in the Mississippi Delta region.