My teaching is guided by the principle that creativity results from the ability to recognize connections between otherwise disparate phenomena and to synthesize new ideas from the resulting cognitive map. I therefore view helping my students to make these crucial connections as my primary pedagogical task, and I do so in three distinct ways. First, I help them bridge the temporal and geographic distance between our classroom and the spaces of the societies they study. Secondly, I connect my students with the ongoing debates in their areas of interest so that they can understand their role as intellectuals or professionals. Thirdly, I encourage my students to build bridges beyond their chosen disciplines in ways that enhance their ideas. I illustrate how scholarly works can be put into conversation with one another across fields to elucidate the same topic. I therefore encourage my students to facilitate interdisciplinary interactions in their own work.