Matthew also has a passion for teaching. He has taught U.S. history in a variety of college settings since 2012. He particularly enjoys teaching U.S. history survey courses like U.S History I and II. He has also taught advanced undergraduate courses on American environmental history. In all of his courses, Matthew encourages students to analyze primary sources, think critically, and investigate historical problems. By doing so, students can uncover how history has shaped their identities.
Jessica Foley grew up in a military family and lived in many different places as a child. She learned from a young age that the world was very large and full of diverse peoples, cultures, languages, and environments. But she also learned that people are people wherever you go and that humanity shares a common core that binds it together across time and space. Her interest in history was first sparked by a desire to understand that commonality, and later, to understand the historical processes that separate humanity into tribes of one kind or another. As she grew up, for example, she wanted to know why so many cultures attached so much meaning to whether a person was a man or a woman and how that came to be.
While in graduate school, Jessica’s research focused on the education of American girls in the 20th century in the informal settings of social clubs and peer groups. After receiving her Ph.D. in women’s history from Brown University in 2010, Jessica taught U.S., World, and AP U.S. History at Tabor Academy, a quintessential New England boarding school on the coast of Massachusetts. She has since taught history at the University of Rhode Island and the University of Massachusetts.
Jessica is excited to share her enthusiasm for the importance of history with you, and hopes that you can tap into some connections that make history meaningful in your life too.