Clinical Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies
B.A. East Asian Studies/Chinese; M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Ph.D. in History; University at Albany
Areas of Interest: History of the intersections of religion, politics and violence in Asia, particularly concerning Tibet and China
Course(s) Taught: Social Foundations III, East Asian Cultures
Teaching Statement: Teaching the history of unfamiliar cultures, ethnicities, and geographical areas is both challenging and rewarding. Ultimately, my objective is to energize students about the learning process in general. I use humor, creativity, and the students' own experiences to nurture their knowledge of different places and times. I urge students to travel, meet new people, and learn several foreign languages, in order to broaden their spectrum of career opportunities and engage them in an appreciation of the world around them -- past, present, and future.
- "Burning for independence: Anger, violence and the evolution of the Tibetan independence movement." Angry Groups and Politics: How They Change Society, and How We Can Affect Their Behavior. Edited by Steven A. Leibo and Susan Cloninger (ABC Clio: Praeger, Forthcoming).
- "Invoking the Dharma Protector: Western Involvement in the Dorje Shugden Controversy." Buddhism Beyond Borders: New Perspectives on Buddhism in the United States. Edited by Scott A. Mitchell and Natalie E.F. Quli (New York: SUNY Press, 2015).