My bio is rather simple: I am a history buff. When not teaching history, you can usually find me studying or researching some aspect of the past. I like all aspects of history, but have concentrated my studies in modern western societies. In historical terms, “modern” typically means from around the times of the American and French Revolutions to the present. Western History typically refers to history that is part of or related to European history, what some people refer to as Eurocentric. This includes the growth and development of Europe itself, but also American societies (north, central, and south) after the rediscovery by European explorers as well as African and Asian societies to the degree that they were affected by European colonization and expansion.
I have a Master’s Degree from California State University (1993) in which my classes and testing were concentrated in three areas: modern American, modern Latin American, and modern European History. I have a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of North Texas (1997) in which my classes and testing were concentrated in studies of the New Deal, U.S. Diplomacy, U.S. Economy, Urban growth and included a minor in European Intellectual History. My dissertation was written on the rise and fall of the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920s.
I have taught full time at Bishop Lynch High School since the fall of 1998 and have taught part time at the University of North Texas as well as several different community colleges in North Texas. Currently, I am teaching AP U.S. History, Regular U.S. History, and a one-semester elective on the history of World War II.
For more details on my background see my vita.