International Studies Faculty
What goes through the minds of leaders and decision-makers at critical moments in world history? We tend to think history is already written through news, but it can take 25 years or more for people to gain access to documents written by policy makers. Only then do the details begin to emerge. As a diplomatic historian, I often spend time researching in the national archives and presidential libraries. What makes my research so fascinating are those moments when I discover papers revealing new facts that force us to rethink history. The process is like looking for a needle in a haystack, but knowing what went through the minds of decision-makers in critical moments and reliving history through their writings is tremendously exciting.
Majors and Concentrations
My research interests concern understanding the impact history of the Earth-Moon system and how these impact events may have affected the surface of the Earth over time. It is exciting to analyze microscopic impact samples from the Moon, which we use as proxies for understanding impacts on Earth, and realize they tell us about large-scale surface-altering events that occurred hundreds of millions of years ago!
Albion is a great little college with a lot of personality! I like teaching here because it allows me to interact with students and get to know them as real people, not just a face in a seat. Helping my students gain a greater appreciation for science is the most rewarding part of my job.