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Andy's teaching covers five centuries of American history: south, north, west, and east, from wilderness to city. The history courses he has offered have been cross-listed in American Studies, Environmental Studies, Urban Studies, African American Studies, Political Science, Architecture, and the History of Science/History of Medicine. 

He won Yale's Prize Teaching Fellowship in 2012 and 2013. He is the only teacher in the humanities to win the award two years in a row. At Tulane, his teaching was recognized with a 2015-2016 William L. Duren '26 Professorship.

Andy's course offerings have included:

American Environmental History

A course about American history that takes seriously the idea that humans live in a wider world. 

Twentieth Century America

A course about the United States in the twentieth century.


The Climate Crisis

A course about our current crisis and its histories.

Disasters in America: Political, Cultural, and Environmental Histories

A course about the causes and consequences of catastrophe.

Wilderness and Wastelands

A course on capitalism's built environments at their limits.

The Future of the American City

A course about contested visions, possibilities, and challenges for urban America over the twentieth century.

The Katrina Disaster Now

A course considering Katrina's significance ten years after the flood.

Wilderness in the North American Imagination

A course about the changing meanings of "wilderness" in North American culture from 1492 to the present.

Oral History / New Haven History

A course about oral history, urban history, and New Haven, Connecticut. 

The American South since 1877 (co-taught with Glenda Gilmore)

A course about the politics and culture of the South since Reconstruction, with a focus on race, class, and gender.

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