B.A. SUNY Oswego,
Ph.D. University of Buffalo
I am from the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. I graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a B.A. in Non-Western History, and earned my PhD in Chinese history from the University of Buffalo. As a graduate student I spent three years as an exchange student in China, where I traveled widely from Kashgar to Hainan to Manchuria. During my sabbatical in 2003 I spent a semester in Kong Kong teaching and studying. I love the stories in history—I come from a long line of story-tellers, and history is full of great stories. China, with a recorded history of thousands of years, offers a lifetime’s worth of great stories! Here at St. Lawrence I teach survey courses in Early and Modern Asia, Modern Japan, Modern China, and upper-level courses in Japan and the U.S. during World War II, Modern North Korea, and East-West colonial period relations. In the last few years I have been developing my interest in environmental history, and I now offer a course on Global Environmental History. My latest research project is the history of the Erie Canal. I have always loved libraries, archives, and lecture halls, reading, studying and learning. Also, I appreciate how many opportunities there are at a university to explore. For example, I play in the wind ensemble in our Music Department, I studied Russian for a year in the Modern Languages Department, and I have taken riding lessons at SLU’s stables. When I am not working, I am usually hiking or canoeing in the Adirondacks, or at home in my flower garden.