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I'm a Ph.D. student in history, with a research focus on the American Revolution and slavery. Though I have not yet written my dissertation prospectus, my research interests point toward the intersection of slavery and science. I'm particularly interested in how slavery influenced the development of science in the late-18th century, particularly ideas about the body. My teaching interests, perhaps by necessity, are more broad. I hope teach courses to undergraduates ranging from the history of colonial America and the 18th century Atlantic world, to histories of slavery and the scientific revolution.


This was an excellent opportunity, especially since I got to see how a lecture was delivered by a graduate student far outside my field (history). The goal of her lecture was to explain the basic ways to write useful surveys for scientific research -- something I knew nothing about. Having little knowledge of the topic helped me focus on the ways in which the content was delivered rather than the content alone. It was particularly helpful to discuss the things I felt she did well and less well after the lecture, since I got to hear her explain her own preparing methods for lecture, and her own concerns.


Observation Plans:
Eric Herschthal's observation by Kristin Murphy

Sabrina Hermosilla's observation by Eric Herschthal