I hold the following degrees:
- BS Theology & Education Lancaster Bible College
- MA History Michigan State University
- PHD History Michigan State University
My specialty is African history with a particular focus on 19th century Sudan. My second field of study is the Middle East. I regularly teach introductory courses in European history and Geography as well.
My interest in Africa and the Middle East comes from living in several African and Middle Eastern countries. I have found these people to be fascinating but often misunderstood. As a result I try to teach students that Africans and people of the Middle East are not EXOTIC. They are very much like everyone else in the world including Americans. If you have a chance, stop by my office at #142 in the Schwartz building. It is the one that looks like an African Museum.
Outside of class I am Advisor to the Student Government Association and Game Masters Club. I also am a Civil War reenactor and ride in a cavalry unit. I portray Federal and Confederate cavalryman with impressions of the Federal 1st United States Cavalry Regiment and the Confederate 1st South Carolina Cavalry Regiment.