Assistant Professor of History and
Director of Social Studies Teacher Education
He received his Ph.D. in European history from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992, where he concentrated on European intellectual history and the development of modern historical thought, and he also has undergraduate degrees in history and economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his coursework in secondary social studies education at Hofstra University and has taught for two years in the public schools in the New York City area. He has studied for two years in Germany and taught political economy at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea.
In the Social Studies Education Program, he has taught both halves of the methods sequence and supervised student teachers. He has also taught historiography and the European history surveys for students in the MAT program.
His scholarly interests lie in two areas. He is currently working on a study of poor relief, charity and the development of the welfare state in Germany from the Reformation to World War I (with Young-sun Hong). He will present the preliminary results of his research in this area in July 2004 at the 73rd Anglo-American Conference of Historians under the title "Assistance, Discipline, or Both? Poverty, Citizenship and Medical Relief in Wilhelmine Germany." His dissertation was a study of the German philosopher and Historian Wilhelm Dilthey, one of the key figures in the development of modern historical thought, and of the development of the philosophy of history in Germany from Kant to Heidegger. He has published one article based on his dissertation: "Neo-Stoicism and the Transition to Modernity in Wilhelm Dilthey's Philosophy of History," Journal of the History of Ideas (April 1995), 263-87.
He is currently serving as book review co-editor for the journal Social History.
At the national level, he has served as a program reviewer for the National
Council for the Social Studies. Locally, he has contributed to the New York
State curriculum project on the Irish Potato Famine ("Malthus, Classical
Political Economy, and the Causes of the Great Famine," Social Studies
Docket 1:1 (Winter-Spring, 2000), 26-30) and has made presentations at the
Long Island and Greater Metropolitan New York Social Studies Conferences.