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 has been 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 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.
The Future of the American City (co-taught with Douglas Rae)
A course about contested visions, possibilities, and challenges for urban America over the twentieth century.