Associate Professor of History

EvansPicEducation: B.A. Carnegie-Mellon University, 1980, M.A., Drew University, 1999; Ph.D., 2003.

Areas of Specialization: American intellectual and cultural history, collective memory, conspiracy theory in American history.

Current Research Interests: historical understanding in the digital era and the development of digital literacy using historical topics in the classroom.

Courses Taught: American Civil War, History by the Numbers, Conspiracy Theory in U.S. History, Monsters & Gangsters: Film and the United States in the Great Depression Era, The American West in Myth and History, Creating “America”: Intellectual History of the Early Colonial Period (g).

Publications and Recent Presentations:

  • “The Future of History Graduate Education: The View from 35,000 Feet,” Process: A Blog for American History, Organization of American Historians, Nov. 2, 2015:
  • “The Lincoln-Obama Moment,” in Remixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial, Thomas Brown, ed. (John Hopkins University Press, October, 2011).
  • “We’ve become a Nation Dangerously Beholden to the Past,” History News Network, Oct. 17, 2011:
  • “Lafayette Baker and Security in the Civil War North,” North and South Magazine, September 2008.
  • The Legend of John Wilkes Booth: Myth, Memory and a Mummy (Kansas, 2004).
  • “The Future of History in the Digital Era,” presentation to the annual Arts & Letters dinner, Drew University, April 4, 2016.
  • “Vermont Newspapers and the St. Albans’ Raid,” presentation at the Brattleboro, Vermont Civil War Memorial Day Event, May 24, 2015.
  • “Teaching History to the Digital Natives,” presentation to the Madison Historical Society, Madison, NJ, April 2013.
  • “The Emancipation Proclamation: Process and Intentions,” address to the Drew Club of Greater Boston, Massachusetts Historical Society, March 2, 2013.
  • “What the University of the Future Looks Like,” address for the History & Culture Public Humanities workshop, Drew University, February 22, 2013.
  • “The Social and Cultural Dimensions of the Digital Revolution,” presentation to the Madison Men discussion group, January 22, 2013.
  • Organizer, moderator, and roundtable participant at “The Future of Civil War History,” conference held at Drew University, March 30-31, 2012.
  • “John Dewey and Education in the Digital Age,” paper presented at the 2011 fall New England Historical Association (NEHA) conference, Emmanuel College, Boston.

Awards and Other Academic Contributions:

  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), Senior Leadership Academy fellow, 2015/16.
  • Organization of American Historians (OAH), Distinguished Lecturer, 2005-2015.
  • Drew University Bela Kornitzer Award for outstanding faculty publication, 2007.
  • OAH Avery O. Craven Award, 2005.
  • Drew University Mary Lester Pennywitt dissertation prize, 2003.

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